Men more likely to commit wrong-fuel blunders

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Filling your car up with the wrong type of fuel is an embarrassing (and frankly moronic) blunder, that can cost up to £200 to put right, but it's a situation that occurs with frightening regularity on the nation's forecourts.
In fact, according to new research by the RAC, the total annual bill for associated repairs is estimated to be around £40million.

However, the research revealed that men were more likely to make the error than women, with 61 per cent of people making the mistake being blokes.

Running out of fuel also seems to be a common problem for British motorists, with some 23 per cent of drivers having admitted to running out at least once.

Men are also least likely to learn from their mistakes, with six per cent admitting to running out of fuel more than once, compared to just four per cent of women.

76 per cent of drivers, however, claim to have never been caught out – though this didn't stop the RAC attending more than 22,000 stricken motorists who had drained their tanks dry in 2013.

Watch the video below for some top tips on what to do if you've realised you've put the wrong fuel in your car.

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