Are You Wasting Pounds and Saving Pence on Fuel?

Car fuel gauge showing emptyWith fuel prices on the increase again, research* commissioned by has found that as many as 6 million UK drivers could be wasting money by driving out of their way to find cheaper petrol or diesel.

The study of 2,000 UK drivers has revealed that 13 per cent, or 3.5 million drivers, would travel up to 10 miles out of their way to save 5p per litre on fuel. Another 9 per cent, or 2.5 million drivers, would travel 20 miles or more out of their way to make a 5p per litre saving.

A 5p per litre saving on an average top-up of £38.81 would save just £1.40 for petrol and £1.34 for diesel. Researchers at have estimated the maximum distances motorists could drive before cancelling out the benefit of a 5p per litre saving on petrol or diesel when refuelling with an average top-up.

For example, at current fuel prices** driving a petrol engine car with an average combined fuel efficiency of around 45 miles per gallon for more than an extra 10 miles cancels out the benefit of a 5p per litre saving on an average £38.81 top-up. None of the figures take into account the additional time it takes and the extra wear and tear on your vehicle and tyres.

Here are a few more examples of how far you can drive before finding cheaper fuel ends up costing you extra:

Approx. MPG (combined) Fuel Type Example Cars Cost in fuel per mile Max. extra total distance driven before cancelling out 5p per litre saving on an average £38.81 refuelling top-up
30 Petrol Volvo C70 2.4

Renault Espace 2.0

20p 7 miles
30 Diesel BMW X5 3.0d

Land Rover Discovery 3.0 V6

22p 6 miles
35 Petrol Ford Galaxy 2.0

Nissan Qashqai 2.0

18p 7.7 miles
35 Diesel Volvo XC90 D5

Chrysler Grand Voyager 2.8

19p 7 miles
40 Petrol Volkswagen Golf 1.6 (102PS)

Ford Focus 1.6 Duratec (100PS)

16p 9 miles
40 Diesel Peugeot 407 2.0 HDi (163bhp)

Renault Megane Sport dCi 150

16p 8.3 miles
45 Petrol Toyota Yaris 1.33 VVTi

Mercedes A 160 Blue

14p 10 miles says:

All this goes to show that if you are determined to buy the cheapest fuel possible, you need to know where it is before you get behind the wheel.

The best way by far to do this is to use our online fuel price search, which allows you to check fuel prices at all the garages in your area — and see the results on a map: click here to find the cheapest fuel in your area.

*Research commissioned by carried out among 2,000 UK drivers on 30th January 2013 by OnePoll.

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