UK drivers should follow two steps at the pump to save hundreds of pounds of petrol

The average petrol price is a staggering 187.01p a liter, up 56p from last year, and diesel is 193.30p a liter, up 60p as UK drivers feel the pinch

There are some simple steps drivers could follow to save some money
There are some simple steps drivers could follow to save some money

As the average price of petrol continues to rise, motorists are being advised to take two crucial steps to potentially save hundreds of pounds at the pump.

The average price of petrol is a staggering 187.01p per liter, according to RAC Fuel Watch, up 56p from last year.

Diesel, meanwhile, is averaging 193.30p a litre, up 60p from last year, with drivers warned prices are likely to rise further.

Anything to save money can go a long way, especially during the ongoing cost of living crisis, and there are two simple steps to follow when you’re at a gas station that is express reports.

Motorists have been advised for years to buy their fuel from supermarket forecourts, and it is estimated that drivers could save £74.10 each year by filling up at these locations instead of branded garages.

High petrol and diesel prices are displayed at a Shell petrol station in Cardiff on 7th April 2022


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A dealership spokesman, Peter Vardy, contradicted the rumors about the quality of supermarket pump fuel, saying: “Supermarket fuel is rumored to be of ‘lower quality’ and is not the same as you would buy from a branded garage, but it is it not the reality.

“Supermarkets sell such large volumes that the running costs are spread over higher volumes, making it cheaper to shop there than at a branded gas station store.”

Drivers can also save hundreds of pounds a year by avoiding premium fuels, especially on standard cars.

Drivers could save hundreds of pounds at the pumps by making a few simple changes


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Retailers sometimes claim that premium fuel offers performance and economy benefits and can even protect the engine, but unless you drive a high-performance vehicle, you probably won’t feel much of a difference.

Premium fuel is currently around 10p more per liter. RAC Fuel Watch shows that the average UK price of premium E5 unleaded petrol is now 198.63p a litre.

This makes it over 11p more expensive than regular unleaded petrol and 5p more expensive than diesel, and many supermarkets and branded garages usually have a few different grades of premium fuel for petrol and diesel.

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And the RAC has previously urged the UK’s main supermarkets – Asda, Tesco, Sainsburys and Morrisons – to pass cost savings on to drivers where they can.

To improve efficiency, drivers are also advised to use the correct engine oil specification, as more modern engines are built to finer tolerances and therefore require thinner oils – those with lower viscosity – which can also improve fuel economy by about three percent.

That means drivers could save 26p on a 50-mile trip in an average diesel car.

The average mileage in the UK was 7,090 miles each year according to pre-pandemic data, effectively saving drivers over £35 just by making a simple and hassle-free switch.

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