The facts and myths on fuel saving

12 July 2022

With UK drivers hit by record monthly hikes in petrol and diesel prices – the average cost per litre of petrol rose from 174.8p to a whopping 191.4p in June and prices are continuing to rise - filling up has never been more expensive. Team this with the general rising costs of living and many households are facing difficult times financially.

With the average cost now at around £2 a litre, all our thoughts are turning to how we can use less fuel and lower our monthly expenditure at the pump. To help you conserve fuel both now and long into the future, we’re here to share the facts of fuel savings and the myths that could leave you out of pocket.


Fact: Supermarkets provide better prices

Petrol and diesel is more affordable on supermarket forecourts than with independent brands, even in rural locations where competition is low. Shopping for fuel at a well-known supermarket could save you as much as a few pence per litre.


Myth: Premium fuel is the best choice

Despite their widely reported benefits, premium fuel types don’t actually aid fuel saving in the average runaround or family vehicle.

Whilst premium fuel is recommended for performance cars or vehicles with turbo or supercharged engines, its use won’t make much difference elsewhere meaning you’ll be paying a premium for no reason at all.


Fact: Your driving style matters

A harsher driving style full of ill-timed stops and throttle inputs won’t help you save fuel, it’ll actually increase your consumption. By driving more smoothly and braking more efficiently in plenty of time, you’ll use less fuel.

This theory isn’t just applicable to petrol and diesel powered vehicles either. An electric vehicle (EV) will benefit from greater range and a longer lifespan if you practise gentle acceleration.


Myth: Driving faster reduces consumption

Sticking to the speed limit is of course more than just a fuel saver, it’s a lifesaver. By travelling above the motorway speed limit, you’ll use 25% more fuel than driving at 70mph.


Fact: Short shifting is a fuel saver

Short shifting, i.e. skipping gears, can save more fuel than you think. By changing or jumping gears at exactly the right time, your engine can perform more efficiently. Newer vehicles make it easier than ever to judge the timing of gear changes wisely. Many have built-in gear shift indicators to inform you of the most economical points to switch gear.


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