What you need to know about filling up the tank

What you need to know about filling up the tank

What you need to know about filling up the tank

How much do you think about putting petrol or diesel in your fuel tank?
Unless you’re one of these people who has the time to constantly monitor prices and drive around different fuel stations to get the best deal, then you probably don’t think about it that much. However, if you DO want to save money and want to avoid a potential costly mishap, read on and find out some of the facts and fiction about filling up your tank:

Is petrol at supermarkets different? – Lots of drivers think that the fuel you get at supermarkets is somehow sub-quality and can damage your vehicle in the long-term. This is generally a misconception. Petrol and diesel is of the same quality that you would get at any normal petrol station. However, if it worries you, keep your petrol receipts as evidence for any claim that may arise.

Is it worth paying more for premium? – Probably yes. You will probably pay around 10p a litre more for premium fuel, which if you do every time, will cost around £100 extra a year for your average motorist. Because premium fuel reduces the residues in your engine, your vehicle will get more miles per gallon and should help you cut down on your MOT and Servicing bills.

How far can you drive with the low-fuel light on? – This will vary from vehicle to vehicle. All cars have built-in reserves and it may surprise you how far you can still go. It can range from around 37 miles for vehicles such as the Ford Fiesta, to 52 miles for a Renault Megane and as much as 68 miles for a Citroen Picasso.

Does the way you pump the fuel into your vehicle make a difference? – Yes it can. It’s advisable to pump petrol or diesel slowly because this will ensure that you get 100% liquid, not fuel and vapour.

Does temperature affect performance? – Yes, the density of petrol varies due to temperature so in the summer it makes sense to fill up early in the day before temperatures start to rise. You will get more miles per gallon if you do this.

What if I put petrol in my diesel car? – Yes, this old chestnut. If you realise that you’ve done this, don’t turn on the ignition, push your car away from the pumps to a safe place, then call your breakdown service who will tow it to a garage to get it pumped out. You’re less likely to put petrol in a diesel car due to the difference in nozzle sizes.

We hope you find this useful and happy motoring!