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Fuel price hack – Simple trick will save you £20 on petrol and diesel


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Drives can save money on their fuel bill for making a simple change (Image: GETTY)

UK drivers can save themselves a considerable amount of money by making a simple detour and using alternative fuel stations. New research has exposed a disparity between the price of petrol stations on the roads and on the motorway. The research by PetrolPrices.com found that some motorway petrol stations are charging up to 37p per litre more than stations just a matter of miles away. Drivers could save themselves up to £20 per tank of fuel just by choosing where they top up their car. The research found that the Bridgewater services on the M5 in Somerset is charging up to 29p per litre more than Sainsbury’s Bridgewater, which is just 2.5 miles away. 

This price difference equates to £16.38 and £12.18 more per tank respectively, when filling up the 42L tank of a Ford Fiesta which is the best-selling car in the UK.

Other stations hick are features in this list are Bridgewater, Cherwell Valley, Exeter and Lancaster that charged much more than their nearest cheapest station for both diesel and unleaded.

Kitty Bates, consumer spokesperson at fuel pricing information app, PetrolPrices.com “Our research shows that many motorway service stations are pricing their fuel well over the odds with some stations charging up to 37p per litre more than their nearest forecourt operator.

“Motorway Service Areas have long been overpriced because operators know that motorists have to fill up there, and they have a captive audience, so they charge a similar rate year round, regardless of the fluctuations in the wholesale industry. 

“Their argument is the costs are higher, which is something the government has been saying that it wants to investigate for quite a few years now.

“However, until this takes place, we would encourage drivers to find the best fuel deal local to them, or along their intended route, before they set off using an such asPetrolPrices.com which will help them to avoid being ripped off on the motorway. 

“For too long millions of UK motorists have been stung by extortionate motorway service area fuel prices.”

The study found that a five-hour journey from Maidstone to Cornwall would cost £150 if the driver filled a 50-litre tank at Clacket Lane services on the M25 and then Exeter service station on the M5.

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Petrol cars can cost as much as 29 per litre more on a motorway (Image: GETTY)

However, drivers could save £20 by pulling off the motorway and refilling at the Shell pumps in Godstone, Surrey, and the Tesco Extra in Exeter Vale. 

This follows comments from Transport Secretary Chris Grayling in which he called for fuel retailers to allow motorists to check the price of filling up at their forecourt before they travel using a smartphone app after accusing them of ‘taking advantage of drivers’.

Bates said: “For Chris Grayling to suggest a live fuel pricing service for motorway service areas seems almost pointless. A trial on the M6 a year or so ago made no difference to prices, as no alternative cheaper station was shown.

“We’ve researched this before and know that for around 11 MSA’s there’s a station less than a mile off that is much cheaper than the MSA itself.

“Secondly, a fuel price-checking app already exists, as PetrolPrices has been around since 2005.

“If Mr Grayling is interested, we’d be very happy to speak to him to see how we can assist and help the government in this matter.”

Top 10 Most Expensive Motorway Service Station for Unleaded

Bridgwater services, M5, Somerset – Unleaded price per litre: 148.9
Sainsbury Bridgewater – Unleaded price per litre: 119.9
Price difference pence per litre: 29

Tamworth services, M42, Staffordshire – Unleaded price per litre: 150.9
Centurion Service Station – Unleaded price per litre: 123.9
Price difference pence per litre: 27

Keele services, M6, Staffordshire – Unleaded price per litre: 148.9
Morrisons Stoke – Unleaded price per litre: 124.7
Price difference pence per litre: 24.2

Lancaster (Forton) Services, M6, Lancashire -Unleaded price per litre: 148.9
ASDA Fuelwood Automat – Unleaded price per litre: 124.7
Price difference pence per litre: 24.2

Newport Pagnell services, M1, Buckinghamshire – Unleaded price per litre: 148.9
Tesco, Milton Keynes Kingston Extra – Unleaded price per litre: 123.9
Price difference pence per litre: 25

Cherwell Valley services, M40, Oxfordshire – Unleaded price per litre:148.9
Tesco Bicester Lakeview – Unleaded price per litre: 124.9
Price difference pence per litre: 24

Exeter services, M5, Devon – Unleaded price per litre: 148.9
Tesco Exeter Vale Extra – Unleaded price per litre: 124.9
Price difference pence per litre: 24

Hartshead Moor services, M62, West Yorkshire – Unleaded price per litre: 148.9
Tesco Brighouse Bradford Road – Unleaded price per litre: 124.9
Price difference pence per litre: 24

Heston services, M4, Greater London – Unleaded price per litre: 148.9
Tesco Hayes Bulls Bridge Extra – Unleaded price per litre: 124.9
Price difference pence per litre: 24

Medway services, M2, Kent – Unleaded price per litre: 148.9
Sainsbury’s Hempstead – Unleaded price per litre: 124.9
Price difference pence per litre: 24

Pont Abraham services, M4, Carmarthenshire – Unleaded price per litre: 150.9
Tesco Pontarddulais – Unleaded price per litre: 126.9
Price difference pence per litre: 24 

Stafford services, M6, Staffordshire – Unleaded price per litre: 151.9
Fairway Service Station – Unleaded price per litre: 127.9
Price difference pence per litre: 24

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Diesel cars can cost 37p per litre more to refuel on the motorway (Image: GETTY)

Top 10 Most Expensive Motorway Service Station for Diesel

Leicester Forest East services, M1, Leicestershire – Diesel price per litre: 167.9
Sainsbury’s Fosse Park – Diesel price per litre: 130.9
Price difference pence per litre: 37

Woodall services, M1, South Yorkshire – Diesel price per litre: 165.9
Brighouse Service Station – Diesel price per litre: 134.9
Price difference pence per litre: 31

Maidstone services, M20, Kent – Diesel price per litre: 165.9
Ashford Road Service Station – Diesel price per litre: 135.9
Price difference pence per litre: 30

Rownhams services, M27, Hampshire – Diesel price per litre:166.9
Shell Bassett – Diesel price per litre:138.9
Price difference pence per litre: 28

Cherwell Valley services, M40, Oxfordshire – Diesel price per litre:155.9
Tesco Bicester Lakeview – Diesel price per litre:129.9
Price difference pence per litre: 26

Lancaster (Forton) Services, M6, Lancashire – Diesel price per litre:155.9
ASDA Fulwood Automat – Diesel price per litre:130.7
Price difference pence per litre: 25.2

Bridgwater services, M5, Somerset – Diesel price per litre: 155.9
Sainsbury’s Bridgewater – Diesel price per litre: 130.9
Price difference pence per litre: 25

Exeter services, M5, Devon – Diesel price per litre: 155.9
Tesco Exeter Vale Extra – Diesel price per litre:130.9
Price difference pence per litre: 25

Oxford services, M40, Oxfordshire – Diesel price per litre:155.9
ASDA Wheatley Automat – Diesel price per litre:131.7
Price difference pence per litre: 24.2

Sedgemoor services, M5, Somerset – Diesel price per litre:155.9
ASDA Highbridge Automat – Diesel price per litre:131.7
Price difference pence per litre: 24.2

Tebay Services, M6, Cumbria – Diesel price per litre: 155.9
ASDA Kendal Automat – Diesel price per litre: 131.7
Price difference pence per litre: 24.2

Todhills Rest Area, M6, Cumbria – Diesel price per litre: 155.9
ASDA Carlisle Automat – Diesel price per litre: 131.7
Price difference pence per litre: 24.2

Annandale Water services, A74(M), Dumfriesshire – Diesel price per litre:154.9
Lockerbie Servive Station – Diesel price per litre:130.8
Price difference pence per litre: 24.1



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