Sainsbury’s has reduced fuel prices by 2p per litre, sparking a fresh round of supermarket petrol and diesel price cuts.
Jump on the supermarket price wars
Sainsbury’s has sparked a fresh round of supermarket fuel price reductions, cutting the cost of petrol and diesel by 2p a litre yesterday (Thursday 29 June).
The cut applies to all its 309 forecourts around the UK.
Engines at the ready... we've just cut the price of our petrol & diesel by up to 2p per litre! 🚗 https://t.co/MIlpZyE3mi— Sainsbury's News (@SainsburysNews) June 29, 2017
Morrisons, Tesco, have all followed suit, reducing their fuel prices by 2p a litre.
Asda on the other hand is cutting prices by just 1p a litre. A spokesperson told The Sun: "Our customers will pay no more than 110.7p per litre on both petrol and diesel."
This is the second time this month all four big supermarkets have moved to slash fuel prices thanks to a crash in oil prices, which reached a 2017 low last week.
Do your research before filling up
While reductions are always welcome, you still need to check you're getting a good deal before rushing to fill up.
To help make sure you keep costs to a minimum every time, we’ve put together this guide filled with brilliant tips.
Find the cheapest local petrol or diesel price
The price you pay at the pumps will vary depending on where you live.
According to the most recent figures from the AA, the average price of a litre of diesel is cheapest in the North East at 116.1p; in the South East of England this rises to 118.1p.
As for petrol, the North East, again, has the cheapest price at 115.3p per litre while the South East of England clocks up the highest price for unleaded at 116.9p per litre.
And these are just the average prices: there are far greater variations depending on which specific fuel station you choose to fill up at.
Make sure you do your homework to find the cheapest station in your area.
You can do this easily enough by entering your postocde on PetrolPrices.com and comparing prices nearby.
Petrol station loyalty cards
Various petrol stations offer loyalty cards, which can help you save on the cost of filling up.
For example, Texaco operates the Star Rewards scheme. You get one point for every litre of petrol or diesel that you buy. Once you hit 500 points, you can turn that into a £5 voucher to use the next time you fill the car. You'll get 50 bonus points for signing up, getting you well on the way to the 500-point mark.
Alternatively, you can convert those points into vouchers for retailers including Argos and Marks & Spencer.
Shell operates a similar scheme called Shell Drivers Club where you get one point for every litre of Shell Regular Diesel, Shell Regular Unleaded and Shell Autogas LPG or two points for every litre of V-Power Nitro+.
Further points can be earned when you spend in the service station, or if you get your car washed. You can then convert 500 points into a £2.50 voucher.
Pay with the right credit card
Using the right credit card to pay for your fuel is also an easy way to save cash.
The ASDA Cashback Plus Credit Card will give you 2% cashback on fuel purchased at ASDA (as well as on all ASDA shopping). However, there's a £36 annual fee to consider.
As always with cashback cards, only use them if you can pay off your debt in full each month, or the interest you rack up will far outweigh the benefits.
Improve your car's fuel efficiency!
The final way to ensure that you pay as little for your petrol and diesel every time you fill up is to make your fuel go further.
Here are some simple things that the motoring experts at WhatCar? recommend doing to improve your fuel efficiency.
Remove excess weight
Take those bulky items out if you don’t need them – if the baby is staying at home, so can their buggy!
Things like bike racks and roof boxes add extra wind resistance, so your car has to work harder. If you aren’t using them, take them off.
Look after your car
Get your car serviced regularly and pump up your tyres. Look after your car, and it will look after your bank balance.
Plan your journey
Work out your route before you head off. That way you won’t end up driving further than necessary, or get stuck in traffic.
Do you really need the air con on?
Unless you really need it, leave the air conditioning off. The same goes for all other electrical appliances in the car.
Be gentle with your gear changes and braking.
Some modern cars are fitted with engine stop-start technology. Making the most of that, by taking your foot off the clutch when you are stationary, will help you save fuel.
WhatCar? research suggests that driving at 80mph uses up to 25% more fuel than going at 70mph.
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