Fuel saving tips: Drivers are urged to change their habits as the gas station trick could waste money

The latest RAC data shows average petrol prices hovering around 162.3 pence, while some drivers continue to grapple with gridlock and diesel is nowhere near 180.28 pence. The habit of filling up to a certain monetary value is decades old, dating back to when all transactions were done in cash.

That meant putting exactly £20 worth of fuel in the tank would see you simply handing bills to the cashier rather than having to search the glove box to locate loose change.

But with the vast majority of people now paying with credit or debit cards, and many using the common “pay at the pump” service, there is much less need to hit a specific mark.

A thread on forum hosting platform Reddit discussed the topic, with some insightful insights.

One user wrote: “I just filled the tank to the brim. However, when I look around at other pumps, it seems that most people try to get a round number.

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“But now that most are avoiding cash for cards and even phone payment apps like Apple Pay and Google Pay, there’s less of a need to be so precise.

“It also removes the frustration of carefully trying to get to a certain mark and the counter somehow moving forward for a penny, an experience most will have had at some point.”

Most gas stations will now have an option for drivers to push a button on the pump that will automatically fill the tank up to a certain monetary limit.

Recently, a video of this feature went viral on TikTok, with many calling it a “game changer.”

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It will also help drivers tremendously during the cost of living crisis, when most motorists will need to get the most for their money.

While prices have fallen from record prices in June and July, they are still a long way from where they were last year.

Despite being in the throes of fuel shortage chaos, petrol prices were an average of 13.79 pence per litre.

Diesel was also much cheaper compared to now, with units seeing an increase of almost 40 pence in just one year.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has had a major influence on gasoline and diesel prices around the world.

Fuel prices could rise again after a major statement by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC+) that it would cut oil production by two million barrels per day.

Simon Williams, fuel spokesman at the RAC, said: “Such a deep cut in oil production will inevitably cause oil prices to rise, driving up the wholesale cost of fuel.

“If we see gas station prices go up in the next couple of weeks, we’ll know that retailers are sticking with their strategy of getting much more margin for every liter they sell than they have historically, much to the dismay of drivers across the country.

“We will be watching what retailers do when it comes to raising prices in the coming weeks.”

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