Queues are forming at Sainsbury’s petrol station as the Rayleigh superstore has the cheapest price per litre in and around the area.
Fuel is priced 159.9p per litre for petrol and 172.9p per litre for diesel, as of Saturday, April 2.
On the other hand, BP London in London Road, Rayleigh is the most expensive: 167.9 per litre for petrol, and 179.9 per litre for diesel.
It comes after Chancellor Rishi Sunak said fuel duty would be reduced by 5p per litre last week, but the price cut was not enforced at petrol stations across the UK.
The rising cost is due to the ever increasing price of oil production which has grown by 60% in the last 12 months.
A growing need for crude oil has also impacted the price, but the main factor in the current dramatic rise is the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Here are the latest fuel prices for petrol stations in and around Rayleigh, Essex in order of expense.
Interestingly, some customers say that despite the hefty prices in Rayleigh, it’s still cheaper than nearby towns.
Canvey Island local Linda Morris highlighted her area specifically, saying petrol “is much cheaper off of the island.”
Michael Rowley, 31, said: “I bought a bike and now all the little journeys I used to take by car? I take by bike.”
CarShop has shared 5 driving and car maintenance hacks that increase fuel efficiency – some by up to 25% – which can save us hundreds of pounds over the year.
1. Walk or cycle
If you’re only travelling a mile or so, do you really need to use the car? The fresh air and exercise will do you good. With fuel prices hitting all-time highs recently, it makes sense to drive less, if we can, to save money.
2. Cut down on the electrics
If you don’t need your air conditioning, rear window heater, demister fan and headlights, turn them off.
In car air conditioning up to 1 litre of fuel every 60 miles travelled and costs £1.80 for an average diesel car and £1.67 for petrol powered. Making this small change can save over £200 a year.
3. Combine short trips
Cold starts use more fuel, so combine trips and errands if you can.
Where possible, make one round trip rather than several short ones to avoid starting the engine from cold too many times. Cold engines will generally use twice as much fuel as a warm engine.
4. Don’t start the engine until you’re ready to go
It’s a real waste of fuel and your engine warms up more quickly when you’re moving anyway. So, set your sat nav, check the traffic, make that call and read those messages before starting your engine.
Idling can use up to two litres of fuel per hour, emitting over 5.26kg of CO2. This costs around £3.20 an hour, on average, for petrol cars and a little bit more – £3.40 – for diesel.
And, if your car is equipped with a stop start system, make sure it’s turned on to conserve fuel whilst stationary.
5. Brake and accelerate less
Both burn fuel, so try to drive smoothly. Accelerate gently and read the traffic situation ahead to avoid unnecessary braking. Roll up slowly for traffic lights or queues to avoid having to stop completely and coast to a stop rather than slamming on the brakes.
Aggressive accelerating and braking can use up to 60% more fuel, which quickly makes every journey much more costly – especially so when fuel prices are so high.
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