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Top five fuel-saving tips

Petrol pumpsWith fuel costs on the rise again, follow our handy tips and save hundreds of pounds at the pumps.

A three-quarters-of-a-penny increase since the New Year indicates that petrol prices in the UK are on the rise again, according to the latest AA Fuel Price Report.

This comes after three-and-a-half months of gradual falls in the cost of fuel.

High fuel prices

Motorists will be hoping we don't see a return to the lofty fuel prices of last year.

A litre of unleaded petrol reached an average high of 141.9p in April 2012, while diesel soared to 147.6p, according to figures from fuel price comparison site PetrolPrices.com.

Since then fuel has dipped in January to an average of 132.7p for unleaded and 140.4p for a litre of diesel.

But only five years ago motorists would pay 104p on average for unleaded and 108.9p for diesel.

Five fuel-saving tips

To help you combat the rising cost of fuel, here's five top tips from PetrolPrices.com.

1. Drive more efficiently

You can use less fuel by driving more efficiently.

Accelerate gradually, don't exceed 3,000 revs per minute, avoid braking sharply and drive in the highest gear possible without labouring the engine.

This will all help to reduce your fuel consumption.

Turning off your engine when you are idle for long periods of time is also an easy way to save on fuel.

2. Make your car more efficient

You can reduce fuel consumption by removing excess weight from your car.

You can do this by removing your roof rack when you aren't using it and disposing of any rubbish.

You should also make sure your tyres are pumped up to the correct pressure, your air conditioning is turned off on short journeys and you keep your windows closed on motorways.

3. Plan ahead

Before setting off on a journey, try and plan when you will need to refuel and where you will go to do so. 

This should help you to avoid letting your fuel run low as it may result in you panic-buying at the nearest, most expensive station.

4. Use fuel vouchers and cashback cards

Supermarkets often compete to try and encourage you to use their station, so look out for vouchers that give you money off your fuel spending and use them when you fill up.

In addition, some credit cards offer cashback deals on your fuel spending.

For example, you can earn 3 per cent cashback at the pumps when using the Santander 123 credit card, up to a spend of £300 per month. 

5. Compare prices to find the cheapest stations

Comparison site PetrolPrices.com allows you to check the price of fuel in your postcode and find the cheapest station.

The website has petrol prices for more than 10,000 stations in the UK.

It also receives approximately 8,000 daily updates, which should ensure you're getting the best deals out there.

Fuel price calculator

We've come up with a handy fuel price calculator so you can work out how much it will cost you to fill up your motor.

And for more fuel-saving tips, have a look at our infographic below to get the most bang for your buck every time you fill up.

Simply click on the image to make it bigger.

Gas saving tips infographic

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Adam Jolley

Adam Jolley

Adam Jolley is a writer at Confused.com, focusing on credit cards and financial products. Wannabe mountaineer Adam joined us from the world of financial services PR.

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