Panic buying fuel

Have you been an panic bought fuel today?

  • Yes

    Votes: 1 1.3%
  • No

    Votes: 76 98.7%

  • Total voters
    77
  • Poll closed .

HeftyHacker

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No way of telling but do wonder how many extra miles the country has clocked up from people driving around looking for fuel
One of my dads pals has a filling station near us and he said its amazing how many people have come in, having already found fuel in nearby Lancaster (10 miles away), and were topping up their tank before getting home. So people were queuing, and in doing so creating a bigger queue, to put in 3 quids worth of fuel 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️.
 

Robster59

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So how are pumps having unleaded, but running out of diesel so quickly. Arguably, 'most' diesel vehicles will be high capacity - SUVs, Vans, pickups etc. So per vehicle needs more than average petrol cars. However, cant see how not many garages have run out of diesel.

So is it the van and tractor drivers who are proving to be the idiots draining the tanks?
Historically, about 40% of the new cars in the UK have been diesel (although this has fallen dramatically). Till I bought my hybrid, the last petrol fuelled car I owned was about 17 years ago. Since then, it's been diesel.
Most petrol cars have been smaller models (up to Fiesta/Escort size) which don't tend to do as high a mileage and have smaller tanks. Add into that the commercial vehicles, including taxis which are pretty much all diesel, and it isn't that surprising that diesel has run out faster.
 

harpo_72

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No way of telling but do wonder how many extra miles the country has clocked up from people driving around looking for fuel
I am refusing to play that game, I am only interested in the mile radius from my house or it has to be on a journey route … makes it more cost effective 😎 and yes I am tight.
I think I need to go and get some soon though. We have some travel ahead of us but we are not frequently driving around.
 

road2ruin

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Looks like it's more area problems rather than UK wide.
Yep, I'm in Surrey and it's pretty rubbish here at the moment, long queues and not a lot of petrol. I am down to 30 miles and haven't needed the car this week so didn't get involved in the hunt, I do need to fill up for Monday morning though but trying to leave it at long as possible before trying my luck and hoping things have calmed down.
 

Imurg

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I have a full tank - I can go to work....
35 minutes queuing around tesco car park, 5 minutes in the station and I'm done.
I now have this very strange feeling of not wanting to go out and use my fuel now I've got it.....
I think my mind's going.......
 

GreiginFife

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I put petrol in last Friday (as I normally do on a Friday) the app tells me that it's sat on the drive with 93% and 332 miles range. I haven't been out much this week :D

But stories from around my local area is that it's pretty much business as usual with little to no queuing or garages running out.
 

Fade and Die

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I bet there are a few now that didn't panic buy who are in a panic to see if they can get any fuel before they run out
By driving with a feather foot I have eeked out the half tank I had at the beginning of the madness till last night, with 8 miles left in the tank I went out at 10pm, 1st 4 I tried were empty but then I got lucky on the 5th. No vehicles in there and I thought it had no fuel but I could see that some of the pump handles didn’t have bags on them! Swerved in and got £35 worth. By the time I paid and was pulling off the forecourt other cars were queuing up to get in!
 

Orikoru

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I bet there are a few now that didn't panic buy who are in a panic to see if they can get any fuel before they run out
I managed to fill up last Friday/Saturday in the small hours of the morning, I've used nearly half a tank since. I'm now starting to hope this all blows over before I have to drive for a few hours next Thursday/Friday for the forum meet..
 

harpo_72

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I bet there are a few now that didn't panic buy who are in a panic to see if they can get any fuel before they run out
Yup and the idiots who bought £20 are coming back to cause more mayhem .. then there are people who haven’t if they had a choice just be a little more careful.
I have been in fuel saving mode, less than 2000 rpm , free wheeling down hills and ignition off at any traffic points and slow acceleration .. I might carry on doing this as it really gets on people’s nerves.
 

bluewolf

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Picked the lad up from work at 11pm last night. Drove past a big BP garage, just off the M6 J27. No one at the pumps, so I popped in and picked up £35 worth of diesel (which was just enough to top the tank). Won't need to visit again for a 3-4 weeks at least, even with a trip up to the Lakes at the weekend.
 

Billysboots

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Just driven about 40 miles round local stations in my diesel trying to find somewhere with unleaded for my wife’s car, which is on fumes, so I could then ring her and get her straight out to fill up before the pumps ran dry.

Almost everywhere locally still out of fuel. They’re getting deliveries, but running dry in hours. Madness.

Just found some unleaded at a motorway services.
 
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