Save fuel money with your Star

USING the Evening Star's fuel price survey could save motorists doing an average number of miles more than £100 a year.We are today highlighting differences in prices of up to 5p a litre for both petrol and diesel - and for motorists who put 50 litres of fuel into their cars every week that can mean a saving of £2.

USING the Evening Star's fuel price survey could save motorists doing an average number of miles more than £100 a year.

We are today highlighting differences in prices of up to 5p a litre for both petrol and diesel - and for motorists who put 50 litres of fuel into their cars every week that can mean a saving of £2.50 . . . or £125 a year.

Once again Shell service stations at Whitehouse and Bourne Bridge in Ipswich offered the cheapest fuel in town, along with supermarket service stations.

While stations out of Ipswich - especially at Martlesham and Felixstowe - were among the most expensive.

It is clear that many service stations monitor the price of their rivals as there are clusters of prices - however there remain some anomalies.

Sainsbury's at Warren Heath on Felixstowe Road in Ipswich has some of the cheapest fuel in town, while the Esso garage on Nacton Road less than a mile away has some of the most expensive.

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Motorists, especially those driving diesel cars, need to be careful about which queue they get into at some filling stations.

Most pumps have three nozzles - with two of petrol, one unleaded and one super-unleaded, and one diesel. However some garages sell two types of diesel.

Shell garages in particular advertise the price of their standard “diesel extra” fuel - but some pumps at some of their service stations don't offer this.

They only offer “V-Power diesel” which costs up to 6p a litre more. Unless the driver knows what small logo he or she is looking for, the first indication of this is the price written on the pump - and the driver is faced with the choice of using the more expensive fuel or starting to queue all over again.

If you are filling up a car with 50 litres of diesel, putting the wrong diesel in the tank could cost an extra £3 . . . and despite Shell's adverts, V-power won't turn a diesel VW Golf into a Ferrari!