The price of fuel remains high. Many British motorists are on the hunt for money-saving tips and tricks to help keep driving costs down. From shopping around for better insurance premiums to implementing different driving strategies, there are any number of ways to make driving more economical. But when it comes to cutting driving costs, finding cheaper fuel is the way to go.
If you’re looking for how and where to find the cheapest petrol near you, this article will help. We’ve put together a list of the savviest tools and techniques for locating the cheapest fuel near you – read on for more.
How to find the cheapest petrol near you
The myRAC App
The myRAC app promises to help you save up to 6p a litre every time you fill your car up with the Fuel Finder feature. Free to download, this app allows you search within two, five, or 10 miles to secure the cheapest petrol near you.
The myRAC app gets this data from Experian Catalist, which details fuel prices UK-wide. Check the app at 8:00am every day for the most up-to-date prices, and plan your next fuel stop accordingly.
Fuelio is another petrol cost tracker available for Android and Apple. As well as providing crowdsourced information on local fuel stations and prices, you can also track your fill-ups, fuel consumption, mileage, and more in the app.
PetrolPrices is a reliable (and free) website and app that allows you to find cheap petrol and diesel near you. Users input details like their postcode and town, and the website will provide information on nearby fuel stations, as well as comparing the price of fuel at each.
Online fuel price comparison tools
If you’re looking to find the cheapest petrol near you, you can also use an online fuel price comparison tool.
Where can you find the cheapest petrol?
Any of the above tools will help you to find the fuel stations with the cheapest petrol or diesel near you.
However, as a general rule, it’s safe to assume that you’ll find cheaper fuel at supermarket fuel stations compared to motorway fuel stations. As the RAC’s fuel watch initiative shows, you’ll be charged a lower premium on petrol from a supermarket fuel station compared to a motorway station.
The average cost of supermarket fuel tends to be below the UK average, whilst motorway fuel stations charge a significant premium. If you have a long journey planned, try to plan ahead and avoid filling up on a motorway, hitting a supermarket forecourt instead.
UK fuel prices – how to stay informed
If you’re keen to keep an eye on the price of fuel in the UK, there are a number of tools you can use.
The RAC’s fuel watch initiative surveys the daily average price of petrol and diesel across the UK, as well as evaluating average fuel costs at supermarkets and motorway forecourts. It provides a useful overview of nationwide fuel prices.
For a weekly overview of fuel prices around the UK, you can check Gov.uk. The CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) has also announced recent plans to establish a fuel finder scheme. The fuel monitor scheme promises to monitor fuel prices and margins to allow drivers to find cheap fuel near them.
Alternatively, the AA provides monthly fuel price reports. These detail the average regional price for a litre of petrol, diesel, or LPG, and you can find reports reaching back to 2017, too.
Other tips for filling up cheaply
Remember to take advantage of loyalty schemes. Many fuel stations – including those at supermarkets – offer loyalty schemes. These are worth signing up to, as it can help to save you valuable cash.
Don’t be fooled by the promise of ‘premium’ or ‘high performance’ fuels, either. Unless you have a high-performance car, these fuels are unlikely to make any difference to your car’s performance. You’ll be paying more money for minimal impact.
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