MONEY Savings expert Martin Lewis has broken down the best ways to find the cheapest gas – and there’s a useful free tool.
The important tips come amid skyrocketing fuel prices at the pumps and soaring gas and electricity bills in a livelihood crisis.
Martin Lewis has teamed up with the RAC to detail how enormous savings possible.
Instead of driving around to see which station is the cheapest for the fuel you need, Mr Lewis advised comparing prices using a handy free online tool.
Price comparisons can be made through the website PetrolPrices.com.
After registering your details, all you have to do is enter your zip code, how far you want to drive to fill up and what type of fuel you need.
The site then lists the cheapest petrol stations in your area, covering a total of around 8,500 petrol stations across the UK.
If you want to check the prices on the go, you can also download an app.
Mr Lewis also advises keeping an eye out for short-lived fuel discount promotions that crop up from time to time.
He also says take advantage of loyalty programs, although it also urges caution.
Many petrol stations, including those run by supermarkets, operate a loyalty program and it’s worth signing up with the ones you use most so you can get a little extra in return from time to time.
While the benefits may be small, they add up.
For example, if you fill up your car with £30 of petrol a week, that means you spend around £1,500 over the course of a year.
All of these little extra benefits add up quickly.
However, Mr. Lewis cautioned against picking a service station just because it has a loyalty program, it’s better to go with the one that offers the cheapest fuel.
The difference is small compared to the gasoline price variance.
Other top-up tips include:
- Always fill up at least 50 miles before your tank is empty – this gives you time to look around for the cheapest option
- Only use “better fuel” if your car can handle it – “high performance” fuels make little difference to the performance of less powerful cars
- Filling up at night doesn’t save much money – it’s a minor urban myth as the difference is tiny – pennies at best.
- Don’t try to add more after the clink – don’t continue after the nozzle has ‘popped’. If you do this, you are overcrowding.
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