The average price of diesel in the UK is 139.0p*. This means that in a large hire van where you may only get 30mpg, each mile will cost you 21p.
Naturally, your instinct will be to buy fuel from the cheapest garage you can find (click here to use our search facility to find the cheapest fuel prices, anywhere in the UK).
However, driving off your original route to find cheaper fuel can cost you more than you save.
Here's an example:
There's a garage that's 3p per litre cheaper than your usual garage. So you drive an extra 8 miles - 4 miles each way - to fill up there.
You buy 50 litres of fuel and so save £1.50 at the pumps.
The problem is that in a large van doing 30mpg, the extra 8 miles driven has cost you £1.68 - more than you saved at the pump. You've lost money and wasted time driving off your route.
There is another way...
Cut your fuel consumption:
- Drive a bit slower
- Accelerate more gently
- Look ahead when you're driving - this way you can slow down without harsh braking.
- Keep motorway speeds below 65mph
Using these techniques, it's easy to improve the fuel consumption of a van by up to 10%. This is equivalent to 2p a mile at 30mpg!
This approach is guaranteed to save you money next time you fill up, so why not give it a try?
On that note, thanks for reading, and enjoy the rest of the hot weather!
P.S. To find out more about the typical fuel consumption of different sized vans, visit our van sizes page.
*Data courtesy of PetrolPrices.com, 24 July 2013.