How To Find The Cheapest Petrol In Your Area With This Quick Hack

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The cost of filling up an average family car with petrol is anticipated to exceed £100 for the first time. Currently, it costs £99.40 to fill up a 55 litre-car after a more than 1p rise in the average litre of fuel in a single day.

The price of petrol has skyrocketed in the past couple of months with the average litre of petrol cost now at 180.73p per litre and diesel at 186.57p.

The conflict in Ukraine is having a massive effect on the global economy – and that includes petrol. This has an obvious impact on households and workers who rely on their cars.

The RAC has asked the government to reduce tax on fuel as these prices continue to rise (when fuel prices go up, so does government tax revenue).

Amid the wider cost of living crisis, people are obviously trying their hardest to save money on fuel where they can and, handily, consumer champion Martin Lewis is here to help with that.

In a recent newsletter, the money saving expert recommends downloading an app to find the best priced fuel in your area. 

The app, called Petrol Prices, could help you save £5 to £10 each time you fill an average-sized tank. Lewis found that in Durham on Tuesday, petrol prices ranged from 163.8p a litre to 179.9p a litre.

The Petrol Prices website and mobile app covers around 8,500 forecourts across the UK. The results are usually between one and four days old so they might not be an exact match when you go to top up, but it should be close enough.

“An average user saves £200 a year by always locating the cheapest fuel locations. Now, by adding in reviews and more data, we allow customers to choose the best station, not just the most competitive,” the website says.

Simply download the app or go to the website, find the cheapest filling stations in your area by entering your postcode, town or city and how far you’re willing to travel (up to 20 miles).

Why is petrol so expensive right now? 

The raw price of crude oil – which is used to make petrol and diesel – had already spiked as pandemic restrictions eased around the world, because demand shot up but supply hadn’t quite caught up yet. The war in Ukraine only made matters worse.

Russia is the world’s second-largest oil exporter after Saudi Arabia and the top producer of natural gas globally. The UK only receives 6% of its crude oil and 5% of its gas from Russia, according to the BBC, but that sanctions (designed to deescalate the conflict) have constricted supplies and driven up fuel prices worldwide.

RAC fuel spokesperson Simon Williams previously said “The question then becomes where will this stop and how much can drivers take just as many are using their cars more and returning to workplaces.”

This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.

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