There is now just 2.8p per litre between the two types of fuel, compared to a gap of 9.5p just eight months ago. Fuel prices edged closer after petrol increased by 8.8ppl since February 2019, with diesel only becoming more expensive by 2.1ppl. One in eight drivers says they are now unsure what fuel to use in their cars, with 59 percent of drivers claiming to get fewer miles out of a tank than just six months ago. The research – carried out by Confused.com – coupled the data with a flowchart explaining which fuels are more effective in different scenarios.
The flowchart explains that for drivers who travel over 20,000 miles per year, diesel would be the better alternative.
However, for city-goers who barely travel long distances, Confiused.com recommend petrol as the fuel of choice if electric options haven’t been explored.
Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com said: “The common view is that diesel is the more expensive fuel out of petrol and diesel.
“This might be true on the face of it, but diesel can be far more efficient if you often drive long journeys or use the motorway.”
Confused.com claim 40 percent of petrol drivers travel 30 miles or more in a single journey every day, with a return journey, many motorists are surpassing 20,000 miles per year.
Diesel engines use around 15 to 20 percent less fuel, but the survey suggests Britons have rejected the vehicles, with 55 percent claiming they would not consider using diesel.
But a quarter of motorists on the study said fuel efficiency was the most important factor when buying a new vehicle.
A total of 13 percent of drivers say they cannot afford to top up their tank regularly as fuel prices continue to rise.
The revelation comes just weeks after retailers were put in the firing line for failing to cut prices to reflect petrol slumps.
The wholesale price of petrol dropped by 4.38p in August, with retailers just making cuts of 0.27p to previous figures.
MPs have demanded the Government sets up a fuel watchdog to look more closely at whether retailers are ripping off customers with inaccurate prices.
The All-Party parliamentary group for Fair Fuel has raised more than 14,000 signatures for its plans for closer analysis, with fuel stations that agree fair prices given a kitemark logo to show quality assurance.
“While the average price charged by the supermarkets came down a little more than the UK average they should really have led the way with larger cuts which would have spurred other retailers to reduce their prices too.”
Cash-ridden drivers can benefit from some amazing deals on fuel this week, with Morrison’s offering customers 5p off a litre when spending £40 or more in store.
Confused.com has also teamed up with Texaco to offer a £20 free fuel discount when taking up any car insurance policy with the company.