Good news if you are planning on taking a trip this Bank Holiday weekend – the leading supermarkets have cut their fuel prices by up to 2p a litre.
Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco have dropped petrol prices by up to 2p a litre and diesel by 1p, ahead of the August getaway. The price drops seem to have been spurred on in response to cheaper prices offered by small independent rural retailers, according to the AA.
Another way to make sure you are not throwing good money away at the fuel pumps is to make sure your tyres are properly inflated. According to Michelin, tyres under-inflated by 15 psi (1 bar) have increased rolling resistance leading to around 6% greater fuel consumption.
This is because lower tyre pressure increases the drag on a car, meaning you need more fuel, so regularly check the pressures are correct and to make your vehicle more fuel efficient.
The correct pressures for your vehicle can normally be found in your owner’s manual. The information may also be marked on the driver’s door pillar or on the inside of the petrol flap. In most cases, two different sets of pressures are given:
• For ‘normal’ driving conditions
• For a loaded vehicle (with extra people or heavy items on board)
To check your tyre inflation pressures you will need a tyre pressure gauge or use the gauge on the inflation equipment found at most garages and petrol stations.
Tyre pressure must be checked when the tyres are cold, this means that you have driven less than two miles, otherwise you have to wait for about 10 minutes to let the tyres cool down.