Four steps to follow at the petrol station to save hundreds as prices soar | The Sun

FUEL prices are rocketing, but these four tips could help buffer yourself from being hit by hikes at the pump.

Drivers are being hit with "unbelievable" fuel prices, as last week saw the average price of a litre of petrol hit a record-breaking 175.6p.

The RAC warned that a full tank of petrol could set drivers back £110 because of price hikes.

It's making it expensive to ferry the kids to school, or commute to work as drivers are already struggling to pay their way amid a cost of living crisis.

The ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis is driving fuel prices up, because concerns have been raised over how the war will impact supply.

Here's how to cut costs while filling up.

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Check prices before you go

Some petrol stations are charging way more than others for fuel.

Going to your nearest one could see you fork out much more than you need to.

You can use sites like PetrolPrices.com to search petrol stations near you before you set off to see who has the best rates and cheapest options.

You can do 20 free searches.

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Don't fill your tank up all the way

Having a full tank of petrol can weigh your car down.

Keeping your car half to three quarters full you can make your car run more efficiently.

But, don't try and run your car purposefully low on fuel and be particularly careful in the winter when driving uses up more fuel.

Use your loyalty card

Many petrol stations, including the ones run by supermarkets, operate a loyalty scheme.

It's worth signing up to the ones you use the most, so you can get a little extra back from time to time.

While the benefits might be small they do add up.

For example, you will get one point for every £1 spent at Sainsbury's or for every two spent at one of the supermarket's fuel stations.

You will get £2.50 for every 500 Nectar points.

And at Tesco, you collect one point for every £1 you spend at Tesco, or one point for ever £2 you spend on fuel.

You can see all the petrol loyalty schemes here.

Check your tyre pressure

While you're filling up, it might be an idea to check your tyre pressure.

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Low air pressure in your tyres means they will drag, slowing the car and using more fuel.

Keeping them topped up with air will make sure that everything is functioning properly and you will use less fuel.

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