How can you keep the amount you pay for petrol or diesel to a minimum? We’ve put together some top tips on how to find the cheapest fuel in your area:
- Get to know the filling stations close to where you live and work - presuming there is some competition between retailers, which seem to be competitive on price? Even taking a small detour to visit a cheap forecourt can save you as much as a few pence for every litre. Over one tank that’s noticeable: over 12 months’ motoring, that’s a saving that could stretch into the hundreds. And look beyond the supermarkets too - some independent retailers can be extremely cost-competitive.
- Take advantage of supermarket price wars – it can save you a useful amount at the pumps. The big grocery chains often vie for your custom by cutting headline prices. You can discover the cheapest by keeping an eye on your local supermarket filling stations when you’re doing your shopping. Sometimes they’ll give out money off fuel vouchers at the till, too.
- Supermarkets – as well as other fuel retailers – run loyalty card schemes, and while they might clog up your purse or wallet, they can come in handy in cutting fuel costs. The more you fill up, the more points you’ll accrue – you can then exchange these for vouchers off your next fill-up.
- Some credit card companies offer cashback for spending money at filling stations. While it might not actually save you money at the pumps, it will offset higher petrol or diesel prices by putting something back in your account. Just remember to pay off your account within the month or your savings will be cancelled out.
However, the main way to save money on fuel is to drive efficiently. That means gentle acceleration and looking ahead to predict traffic conditions. This way, you can avoid heavy braking and acceleration – the killer for fuel economy, read our top tips for fuel saving to find out more. You could also check traffic news before you set off on your journey.
Removing needless weight from your boot can help, too. A 10 minute clearout could, over a few months, save just as much as spending hours shopping for the cheapest fuel.