Motorists can save over £300 a year on petrol and diesel costs by ditching premium fuels

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Drivers could save on average more than £300 per year by sticking with regular petrol and diesel when filling their vehicle up. Current RAC Fuel Watch data shows unleaded petrol at 163.36p, compared to the average price of super unleaded which will set drivers back at 175.4p per litre.

While a 12p difference between unleaded and super unleaded may not seem like much, it can have significant savings over a longer period of time.

The average sized tank contains 55 litres, and with a 12 pence saving each litre, filling up once a week could save £6.60.

When filling up once a week for the whole year, a driver could save a staggering £343.20.

Consumer experts Which? claims that super unleaded petrol and diesel will oftentimes have “no benefit”.

This is unless they drive a high-performance or imported car that specifically requires a higher octane rating than standard unleaded.

Most car engines are optimised to work with standard fuel, 95 RON octane, so using enhanced fuel which can reach as high as 104 RON octane will have little to no benefits.

Many of the most common fuel forecourts now offer premium petrol and diesel including BP, Shell, Texaco, Total and Esso.

All cars must use a specific fuel type – which might be unleaded E5 or E10 petrol, diesel, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) or increasingly, electric battery.

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Drivers can see benefits with premium fuels, although states: “Whether it’s worth the extra cost is debatable. 

“Certainly, for someone driving a small-to-medium sized engine, using premium fuel regularly is a waste of money.

“It won’t provide extra power or speed – it just costs you more at the pumps. 

“It’s true that some high-octane fuels have cleaning qualities, which could improve the efficiency of older engines that have run on regular unleaded for years.

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