Motorists losing £11 a month after making fuel-pump detours

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We all occasionally do it; take a little detour to get to that cheaper petrol station. It may only be a few pennies, but it all adds up right?

It does indeed add up, but not in the way we were intending. Research has now indicated that the average driver could be losing £11 a month by changing their journey so as to benefit from cheaper fuel.

The research, conducted by insurance comparison website MoneySupermarket found that an average of 43% of drivers would be willing to make a detour of up to two miles to save a penny on a litre of fuel.

Of the 2,000 motorists questioned, 46% of men said they would take a detour, compared to 39% of women.

What the drivers failed to realise was that their frugal intentions are actually costing them a lot more than they save.

Such monthly diversions would cost a typical petrol car £10.90 of fuel, whilst a diesel car would cost significantly more, at £16.02.

In totally, bargain-hunting motorists in British are wasting up to £528 billion every month on these little detours.

However, not everyone is losing out. Motorists who drive just one extra mile to pay 5p per less on a litre of fuel were found to save £2.32 for every 50-litres they filled up.

A spokesman for MoneySupermarket commented: "It's no surprise cash strapped motorists are seeking out cheaper petrol prices, especially at a time when prices are finally falling – particularly for diesel – at some, but not all, stations.

They went on to add: "Yet while driving a bit out of your way for cheaper fuel might seem like a simple way of cutting costs, the reality is that it can be a false economy, and could actually cost you more."