Tips from Martin Lewis to save money on fuel as prices rise

A hand on a gas pump. Martin Lewis has shared some tips on how Britons can save money on petrol as prices soar with the cost of living crisis.

It currently costs more than £100 to fill up an average family car in the UK (Image: Alamy)

Motorists looking to save money have been urged to take the time to find and use cheaper gas stations.

For the first time ever, the cost of filling up a family car has surpassed £100, with petrol and diesel prices soaring.

The rise in prices has been accompanied by a devastating cost of living crisis that has many Britons panicking about their finances.

That’s why Martin Lewis’s team at moneysavingexpert.com shared some of their tips on how to save on gas.

They said one of the easiest ways to do that is to use petrolprices.com to see which gas stations nearby charge the lowest fuel per liter.

This could end up saving you between £8 and £10 per tank, they say.

For example, last Thursday the price of unleaded petrol within a five-mile radius of Durham ranged from 173.8p to 192.9pa litre, a difference that adds up enormously when you fill up.

Gas prices at Weatherby Services. Martin Lewis has shared some tips on how Britons can save money on petrol as prices soar with the cost of living crisis.

You could save between £8 and £10 by looking for a cheaper forecourt (Image: PA)

A woman's hands fill a car. with gasoline. Martin Lewis has shared some tips on how Britons can save money on petrol as prices soar with the cost of living crisis.

Drivers have been advised to consider refueling at 50 miles before an empty tank (Picture: Getty)

But to do that, Martin Lewis’ team explains, you need to avoid “fuel emergencies” — which means thinking about when to fill up so you don’t have no other choice.

Money Saving Expert staff suggest knowing good options ahead of time and driving to a gas station about 50 miles before your tank runs out.

It’s also worth keeping an eye out for temporary gasoline rebates that some companies may be offering, they say.

Signing up for a loyalty program at the gas station you use most can also be useful to “get a little more back”.

Another smart way to save on gas is to use a cashback credit card – where the bank rewards you with cashback points for spending on the card.

But as moneysavingexpert.com followers know, Mr. Lewis’ “golden rule” when it comes to credit cards is to pay off the account in full each month.

Of course, it would be easy to spend less on fuel if your car uses less of it – so it’s worth walking or cycling some distances.

Here are some other ways you can help your car use less gas:

  • Keep your tires inflated to keep your car from dragging
  • Tidy up your car to make it lighter
  • Take off your roof rack
  • Only use your air conditioner when you really need it
  • Only use cruise control on motorways – when the road is smooth
  • Accelerate gradually
  • Gear up as soon as possible

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