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- Money-saving motorway diversion -

                        Bank holiday drivers on M25 near Grays could save £481 off fuel and snacks by diverting less than a mile off the motorwayacks by diverting less than a mile off the motorway

  • UK-wide mystery shop reveals drivers using the M25 near Grays could save on fuel and snacks basket by avoiding the motorway service station and driving less than a mile to the nearest supermarket.
  • Diesel is £12.10 pricier per tank2 at the motorway service station, while petrol is £10.453 more expensive than the local supermarket.
  • Confused.com urges motorists to compare pumps online to find the cheapest fuel along their journey using the online fuel tool.

Ahead of the bank holiday weekend, research reveals drivers using the M25 near Grays, could save £481 on fuel, food and drink by driving less than a mile away to the nearest supermarket.

The findings are part of a UK-wide mystery shop, by Confused.com, which reveals drivers can save money off the cost of the fuel and snacks basket by simply avoiding motorway service stations and diverting to the nearest supermarket instead.

The research found drivers in the region can save £12.102 on diesel and £10.453 on petrol by avoiding the M25 service station and filling up their tank at the nearest supermarket fuel station, just 0.7 miles4 away.

Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, says: “Our mystery shopper research shows it pays for drivers to be savvy about where they purchase their fuel and other convenience items when they’re on the motorway.

“Drivers who want to plan ahead for the bank holiday weekend can search for the cheapest fuel prices online using Confused.com fuel price comparison so they know they’re getting the best deal before they head out on the road.”

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Notes to editors

Unless otherwise stated, all figures taken from omnibus research carried out by One Poll on behalf of Confused.com. This was an online poll of 2,000 UK adults who drive regularly. The research was conducted between 10th August 2017 and 15th August 2017.

  1. Savings figure calculated across average price differences at the M25 Thurrock motorway service stations and Tesco Extra, Cygnet View supermarket fuel stations for items listed in the press release table.
  2. Based on filling up a medium-sized car with a 55 litre diesel tank. Calculation based on the average price of diesel at the motorway service station vs supermarket (132.9p vs 110.9p) according to a mystery shop conducted by Confused.com.
  3. Based on filling up a medium-sized car with a 55 litre petrol tank. Calculation based on the average price of petrol at the motorway service station vs supermarket (129.9p vs 110.9p) according to a mystery shop conducted by Confused.com.
  4. This is based on the distance in miles according to Google Maps between the motorway fuel station and the corresponding supermarket fuel station represented in the survey.
  5. Prices taken during a mystery shop conducted by Confused.com on 5th July 2017.

About Confused.com:

Launched in 2002, Confused.com was the UK's first price comparison site for car insurance and is one of the UK’s biggest and most popular price comparison services, generating over one million quotes per month. It has expanded its range of comparison products over the last couple of years to include small van insurance, motorcycle insurance, car buying, and car finance, as well as a number of tools designed to save drivers money on motoring.

Confused.com is not a supplier, insurance company or broker. It provides an objective and unbiased comparison service. By using cutting-edge technology, it has developed a series of intelligent web-based solutions that evaluate a number of risk factors to help customers with their decision-making, subsequently finding them great deals on a wide-range of insurance products, financial services, utilities and more. Confused.com’s service is based on the most up-to-date information provided by UK suppliers and industry regulators.