An interactive petrol price map
This page contains an interactive map showing petrol prices in the UK, maintained by a company called Whatgas, as well as other ways of saving on fuel bills through energy saving motoring tips (sometimes known as eco-driving).
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To zoom in/out easily, you can use scroll your mouse wheel forward/backward. To pan the map, click the image once, and drag the map by holding down the left mouse button.
I have included it partly because I am sometimes asked about where to find maps of the UK marking petrol (or, more often, LPG) filling stations. But I have to admit it's also an excellent example of the way that mapping is moving off paper and into electronic media, so that the paper maps on which site this site focuses are becoming so much rarer.
This map is not the only interactive map on this website - there is another composite historical map drawn from 1919-47 Ordnance Survey maps that is included courtesy of the National Library of Scotland.
Buying cheaper fuel is one way of cutting petrol costs, but if it means that you have to go out of your way, can easily be a false economy. It's much better to drive carefully and reduce your consumption. The UK's Department for Transport and Energy Saving Trust offer the following tips:
- Don't warm up the engine when you first start, but drive away as soon as you have switched on - modern cars are designed to do this and warming up the engine just wastes fuel - and may increase engine wear
- Keep an eye on the revs to check you are in the right gear - typically you should change up a gear before 2,500rpm (petrol) or 2,000rpm (diesel)
- Drive Smoothly. Keep a watch on the road ahead so that you don't have to accelerate or brake sharply. This will save fuel and can help avoid accidents
- When slowing down or driving downhill, remain in gear but take your foot off the accelerator early. This reduces fuel flow to the engine to virtually zero, but you still get the safety benefit of engine braking
- Keep to the speed limit - in most cases these are selected to help reduce fuel consumption.
- If you are stuck in traffic or likely to be at a red light for more than a minute or so switch off if the engine is warm. Modern cars use virtually no extra fuel when they are re-started without pressing the accelerator.
- Check that your tyres are at the right pressure at least once a month - under-inflated tyres waste fuel and can cause accidents. If you are replacing a set of tyres, consider using low rolling resistance tyres such as Michelin Energy
- Avoid leaving roof racks, bike carriers and roof boxes in place when not needed as they will significantly damage your car's aerodynamics and reduce fuel efficiency
- Try and use other forms of transport for shorter journeys. A cold engine can use twice as much fuel and catalytic converters take up to five miles (8km) to start working properly
- Plan your journeys to avoid congestion and to make sure you don't waste fuel or time getting lost! Yes, why not look at a map first!
For some more, historical advice about saving energy, why not look at this site's 1959 Careful Driving tips, offered by Mobilgas in connection with its Economy Run, the 1979 Good Mileage Guide from Shell or the 1974 Exxon Tiger Tips!
Text and layout © Ian Byrne, 2011
All original copyrights in logos and map extracts and images are acknowledged and images are included on this site for identification purposes only.