How to save money at the pump
April 28, 2017 at 10:58 AM
Fuel prices are at an all time high and don't seem to be dropping any time soon. Drivers need to save money where they can, so, below we share with you some tips on how you can save money at the pump.
Choose your location wisely
It makes sense to shop around for the cheapest fuel prices. Try to steer clear of petrol stations on the motorway and along dual carriageways, as they are always more expensive. Supermarkets tend to have the cheapest fuel prices.
Shop around online
A wonderful website to access is PetrolPrices.com, as you can search for the cheapest fuel prices, based upon your postcode. The website is constantly updated, so you can be sure that you'll always find the cheapest fuel prices.
Fill up well in advance
It's a good idea to keep a close eye on that fuel gauge and to fill up when you think you have about an hour's driving time left. This will enable you the time to find that cheapest petrol station when away from home.
No need to use high performance fuel
Unless you have been told specifically by your car manufacturer to use high performance fuel, or you drive a sports car, then there is no need to use this type of fuel. It is more expensive and will not give your car better performance.
Should you fill up the tank at nighttime?
You will save a few pence on your fuel bill when you fill up at night, but it is not worth an extra journey just to do so. However, if your job entails you being out at night, then you might as well fill the tank up and save money.
Do not fill to the brim
There is absolutely no need to fill your car to the brim. This results in overfilling and waste. It also results in a heavier car, which in turn uses more fuel, so it's just not worth it.
Use a petrol cash back card
If you own a petrol credit card that allows you cash back each time you fill up, then be sure to use it. You'll be surprised at how much money you can save during the year. As the saying goes, every penny counts.
Money off vouchers
Many supermarkets now offer money off vouchers when you fill up at their respective petrol station. Instead of throwing away these vouchers, keep them safe in your wallet/purse and be sure to use them. You'll be surprised at how much you can make.
Finally, as an extra way to save money on fuel, de clutter your car. Extra weight, even an unused roof rack, can mean burning extra fuel. So keep the car as light as possible so that your fuel stretches that little bit further.