I’m a motor expert – drivers need to BEWARE of these tricks that won’t save money on petrol and fuel


DRIVERS have been battling with the soaring price of fuel, leaving them desperately looking for ways to cut costs.

Motorists are feeling the pressure at the pumps as prices continue to climb.

Some self-labelled savvy savers have taken to TikTok to share what they believe are the best ways to save fuel.

But car expert James Barker, from number plate checking site RegCarCheck, has warned people to be cautious of trying social media hacks which might not actually save you money.

To help you separate the good from the bad, James has told The Sun which tricks are worth trying, and which ones to steer clear of.

The exact amount of fuel…every time

TikTokker @livticks shared a video of her pressing a button at the petrol pump to stop it from releasing fuel once it reached a certain price.

The viral video shows the 23-year-old hitting the button twice to ensure the pump stops once it reaches £20.

To the disbelief of many viewers, the pump stops at her chosen amount.

James said: “I have tried and tested this hack, and it certainly works however, only on certain pumps.

“All is not lost though, as each modern pump tends to have its own programme and follows the same format.”

drive with my cup half full”

TikTok user Prepared.Living recommends that you should always drive with your petrol tank half full.

The common theory behind this is that less fuel means your car is carrying less extra weight.

But James explains that this tip could actually be costing you money.

He explained: “The more petrol that you hold in your tank, the less air filling its empty space.

“When fuel is meets air, it evaporates faster.

“Petrol tanks have an inner roof that limit’s evaporation, driving with less oxygen in the tank eliminates this further.”

James added that instead of waiting for the petrol light to come on before filling up, you should always refill when the tank is half full.

Vegetable Oil fuel

TikTokker GolfMk4official says filling up a diesel engine with vegetable oil is a cheaper alternative to diesel.

But James has urged people to beware of this trick – while it theoretically could work in a diesel engine, it could also cause some pretty costly damage.

He said: “Vegetable oil should not be poured directly into the car as it will not burn efficiently due to its consistency. 

“It’s also not a viable fuel as it will likely build up in the engine and burn out the car.

“This hack should be avoided as it may work in theory, but not in execution.”

There’s an app for that

Social media user Ella May Houghton recommends using The PetrolPrices app or website to check prices in your local area.

It lets you check fuel at more than 8,000 forecourts using data provided by the public.

James says this is the handiest tip he has come across on TikTok.

He added: “The app shows prices in your area along with their location.

“Comparing them all, the app puts them in order of price and even where you can gain loyalty points.

“Supermarkets tend to offer the cheapest petrol, but with the app you can even evaluate prices supermarket to supermarket.”

Under inflated tyres

Content creator Jordan.Garside warned against driving with under inflated tyres in a TikTok video, and James agrees.

Driving with low tyre pressure actually increase fuel consumption, leading to another visit to the pump.

James says: “Research suggests that under inflated tyres causes a vehicle to use up to 10% more fuel.

“The average cars petrol tank is 42 litres with the average household using one full tank a month.

“Subsequently, if a household opts to drive with under inflated tyres, they may spend an additional £7.50 a month on fuel.”

Where can I find the cheapest fuel prices?

It’s always worth a look at comparing prices, and heading to the cheapest competitor to make a saving.

The only problem when it comes to fuel, is that you need enough of it in the first place to travel further afield for the best costs.

It doesn’t help that prices are continuing to soar.

There’s even fears prices will hit a whopping £2 per litre this summer.

It just adds to the pressure households are already facing from rising energy bills and the increased cost of living that is also pushing up the price of food and travel.

But motorists will find that many of the cheapest prices can be spotted on the supermarket forecourts.

Fleet News and Allstar lets you to check petrol prices across the counties so you can see how your region compares to the UK average.

The PetrolPrices app and website lets you check prices from more than 8,000 forecourts near you and using data provided by the public.

Comparison website Confused.com also has a petrol prices checker that lets registered users find petrol prices within a five, 10 or 25mile radius.

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