You could save up to £268 on your car's petrol by using this hack, according to motoring experts.

Filling up your tank is a necessary evil and with the continuing cost of living crisis, it's an expense that many of us are all too aware of. 

Whether you're commuting or doing the school run, there are some simple ways that you can help you cut costs that you might not even know about. 

In fact, the car experts at Hippo Leasing have revealed how drivers can save an additional £268.32 on their petrol costs.

The team at Hippo Leasing recommend using an app to shop around for the cheapest petrol offers within a 5-mile radius.

The recommendations come as it analysed how much motorists in the top 50 most populated UK cities could save by simply using an app like PetrolPrices.

The data revealed that if drivers used an app to find the cheapest petrol on offer in the area, they could save up to £16.77 on a tank of petrol. 

This highest saving was in Coventry, according to the research.

If drivers in Coventry drove 2.11 miles from the centre (for a cost of 23p) they would get the tank for £16.77, cheaper than the most expensive in the city.

This proves that it is always worth checking for the prices in your area, according to the motoring experts.

The average Brit fills their fuel tank fully 16 times per year, the team advises.

This means if Brits planned their petrol visits for the cheapest petrol station in the area, they could generate a whopping saving of up to £268.32 a year.

You can see the top 10 cities for petrol savings in 2024 via the table below. 

If you want to make your money go further when filling up your tank this year, here are four crucial tips to help you out.

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"Using apps and websites to find the cheapest places to fill up in your area is clearly an obvious choice now to save money on your fuel," according to Tom Preston, Managing Director and automotive expert at Hippo Leasing.

However, Mr Peston has more handy tips up his sleeves, commenting: “You aren’t going to get very far without fuel, but there are ways to save on the cost of filling up your car.

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"Driving smoothly, with less stopping and starting will help save the amount of petrol you use.

"Also, keeping tires properly inflated, and shedding unnecessary weight can significantly reduce the cost of your journey.”

“Don’t wait for your dashboard light to flash to tell you to fill up. It will cost you on average 29p to drive an extra few miles to a cheaper station in the area. This would be worthwhile if the savings on pence per litre are dramatic enough.”