Ok, so me and 'er indoors have just completed a 450 mile round trip to visit family and friends oop norf. So I get it, fuel prices for obvious reasons have quite literally sky rocketed. My missus filled the tank on her petrol car about 4 days ago at £151.9p a litre. The journey from our little pocket of the South West revealed the varying prices across the usual fuel brand suspects as we drove through 8 counties to reach our destination.
Now, we never, ever, ever fill up at motorway fuel stations because that would be the most dumb ass thing in the world to do, especially when motorway fuel station prices are as we saw today, at least 15 pence a litre more than we paid to fill up our car a few days ago. I recently got rid of my diesel car. The last time I put diesel in that car in November 21, it cost me £1.43p per litre and today I saw diesel being sold on the motorways at £1.76p per litre. I was informed some time ago, that it is the Government who allegedly set the price of fuel at motorway service stations, nothing to do with the franchise holders. Upshot is, you have to be either a completely minted moneybags or financially inept to fill up at a motorway fuel station.
Another thing we were able to absolutely conclusively prove about our return journey, was the fact that my Wife’s car now achieves 8 miles per gallon less on the recently introduced E10 fuel. The previous petrol fuel grade, our journey would achieve on average, 50 mpg, so the new fuel is definitely less economical than the old stuff. We’ve definitely been conned on this new grade fuel, less mpg = more visits to the fuel station = more tax to the Government.
Not sure how widely available it is, but I get cashback from Tesco via Airtime Rewards (for links, see here: Airtime Rewards). I didn’t realise it includes fuel too, but it was a nice little bonus.
It is ridiculously expensive at the moment though. Our local Tesco has lagged behind in prices (thankfully) and only recently increased to 145.9p, previously 140.9p for unleaded. The next valley over is 150.9+
Cleary, from the link you have provided. Amazing though isn’t it? how almost all motorway service stations irrespective of which franchise operates them, appear to be almost perfectly aligned on prices across the entire motorway network. As I say, I never ever use them myself anyway. If I know I’m going to do a very long journey and I’m using the motorway network, I’ll always plan a fuel stop at the nearest town off a key motorway junction. I can usually find a supermarket fuel station within a couple of miles off a motorway charging considerably less.
You’re exactly right, this is why our own proof hasn’t been based on one single journey. Although my Wife works almost entirely from home, she does have to attend meetings a couple of times a month at her office base some 130 miles away from our home. She noticed she hadn’t been getting the same MPG as she’d previously been getting and so specifically for this journey we’ve just completed based on previous journeys, including the previous 4 she had done back to where we previously lived, I monitored the overall MPG figure. Bottom line, it is worse by the figure I quoted previously. The car by the way is regularly maintained by our local dealership franchise and has no problems.
The problem I’ve highlighted is known about?
I’m also going to throw my prediction into the ring here, that petrol will hit at least £1.85p a litre and diesel at least £1.90 a litre the way things are currently going.
My guess is, for those that don’t really travel long distances, much the same as me in my tiny little runnabout, one might not really notice the difference in overall mpg. As my Wife does have to occasionally go and see her parents who live some 240 odd miles away from us plus her work journeys, she has noticed the difference in MPG. Her driving techniques haven’t changed, she’s not carrying varying loads of different weights, it’s just bog standard driving, cruise control where possible on the motorways etc. E10 fuel might be better from an environmental perspective, but it’s definitely not better from a MPG perspective from our own vehicle perspective.
You are keeping track of them despite not using them?
Your argument is provable nonsense anyway - Petrol Prices reports that the price being charged for Diesel at the nearest 3 M1 services is as follows:
RoadChef/Shell Tibshelf - 169.9p
Moto/BP Trowell - 181.9p
Welcome Break Woodall - 175.9p
Like I said, the only connection is “they charge a high price” and the reason they do that isn’t because they’ve clubbed together or they’ve been told they must, it’s simply because they can.
Probably a mix of this, supply chain disruption remnants from COVID, parts needing shipping from Asia now have to go around Russia instead of over it (my friend for example instead of going over Russia had to go from Japan → Dubai → UK) and some other tidbits. It’s such a multivaried equation that it’s probably not easy to explain the price.
Yeah, most will have a secret back exit which just takes you straight to a nearby village or town. Driving on a fully segregated carriageway does sometimes lead to the illusion that there is nothing but farmland and service areas either side of you but it isn’t the case.