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The NRMA has now updated its already excellent smartphone app
with a fuel price search function – and the way we refuel our
vehicles in this state has changed forever as a result.
The app is very simple to get and use, and allows Members to
search for the cheapest fuel by price, type and location. In other
words, you can now find the cheapest fuel in your area with the
touch of a button.
And the rewards for this effortless exercise can be great:
NRMA research shows that the average motorist can save up to
$500 per year refuelling at the cheapest service station rather
than the most expensive. Of all the service stations across the
Hunter from January 1 to August 12, the best value is found at the
Caltex at Charlestown (109.2), followed by the Caltex at Cessnock
(110.6) and the 7-Eleven at Belmont North (110.9).
Of all the service stations across the Central Coast for the
same period, the best value retailers are all 7-Eleven franchises
at Green Point (112.3), Kincumber (112.3) and Erina (112.5). It’s
worth noting that every single one of these service stations sell
fuel at a lower average price than was recorded for the greater
Sydney market (113.9).
By comparison, the cheapest outlets for petrol in Maitland
were the Caltex in East Maitland (122.8) and the Caltex
Woolworths at Green Hills (123.2).
That’s why the NRMA has built this app – to make it easier for
Members to find their cheapest petrol in real-time and deliver
what can be very substantial savings. And with a recent
Australian Automobile Association report showing that transport
costs for Australian families are now as high as $22,000, it’s
clear every dollar saved on fuel is worthwhile.
In addition to delivering savings to our Members, the new fuel
app, currently available on the App Store, will also help deliver
much-needed transparency and competition to the petrol
industry. There is now nowhere to hide for those service stations
consistently overcharging at the bowser and they will have to
fight harder for your business.
FUEL APP DELIVERS MUCH-NEEDED BOWSER RELIEF
KYLE LOADES President & Director
NSW Central Coast & Hunter (Keele Region)
Accelerating into the future
and the NRMA is
well positioned to
of these new
THE NRMA IS PROUD of its history,
but a key component of our ongoing
success has been a desire to embrace
the future. Our quest to make roads
safer technologically goes back to
our earliest campaigns for traffic
lights – or ‘highway lighthouses’ as we
called them in 1925.
We’ve since championed many
other critical innovations over the
decades, most notably seatbelts and
random breath testing. That mission
continues today, with autonomous
vehicles and smart technologies
emerging as the next step in our
journey to a secure motoring future.
To understand this exciting new
world, I led a small NRMA delegation
to the US, where we visited
technology industry leaders in San
Francisco and Silicon Valley. Google
and Apple might be best known for
searching the internet or designing
mobile phones, but they are also
leaders in developing driverless cars.
To actually see these vehicles in
action is extraordinary; it makes you
realise that it’s not science fiction but
a real look at a near (and safer)
future. Tesla is already selling cars
here and, while they’re not completely
self-driving yet, the advances they’ve
made in electric power and general
design are eye-opening.
In one way, this represents a new
strategic direction for the NRMA –
one that focuses on the future of
mobility being safer and more
efficient. But it also continues our
long quest to get the best possible
outcomes for our Members.
It is for these reasons that I take
great pleasure in announcing the
appointment of Rachel Botsman as the
first independent Director on the
NRMA Board. Rachel is extraordinarily
accomplished: she has worked for the
Clinton Foundation and is a graduate
of both Harvard and Oxford, where she
created and taught the world’s first
MBA on ‘collaborative consumption’.
It is in this field – also known as the
shared economy – that she will help
and advise the NRMA on how to
contribute to a world where goods
and services are borrowed or rented
more often than they are bought.
Picture a future where you can ride
in a self-driving car you have acquired
only for as long as you need it and
park it in a privately-owned space that
you found and rented online.
This is only the start of the
benefits the NRMA can bring our
Members and we’re fortunate to
have Rachel help us realise our
potential in this area.
Google’s self-driving car.
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