How to find diesel in your area – smart tip helps you find petrol stations with full pumps

Fuel problems have continued to persist this Spring, including price hikes and shortages – leaving some pumps empty.

In 2021, the HGV driver shortage had led to massive queues at fuel stations and supermarkets. While similar queues have not been seen this year, some stations in the Southeast of England have been reported to be completely out of fuel.

Cars are facing high fuel costs due to a variety of issues; including an increased cost of living combined with the war in Ukraine. But despite the swelling prices, the UK is reported to have enough resources to manage and keep clear of future shortages.

The Mirror has reported that some motorists have observed shortages of petrol or diesel at some stations in the country this week.

how do ich eck if there is diesel near me?

Energy and fuel bills are rising in the UK due to a combination of factors. Image: Getty Images

One of the smartest ways to check if a station near you has a good fuel supply of diesel and petrol is through Google Maps.

Search for petrol stations near you and click on the nearest ones.

Google allows you to see how busy that station is at one time. The busier it is, the higher the indicator bar.

A high bar may indicate that the station is busier because it has fuel in, though this doesn’t take into account factors like the local population.

Petrol Prices compare the cheapest prices of fuel stations near you and you can first check to see where the cheapest fuel is, before seeing if that station is busy.

The Waze app also has a feature that lets you know how bad the traffic is nearby, so you may want to see if there is heavy traffic in case you are worried about time management, running out or whether one station has fuel over another.

Why is there a diesel shortage?

Recent disruptions to diesel and petrol pumps in the Southeast of England may have been caused by climate protests.

Climate campaign groups Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion have been targeting supply lines of oil in the UK.

One activist said: “It seems as though many people are struggling to get their petrol, and that’s because we believe the Just Stop Oil coalition are currently succeeding in their aims to block supplies of petrol and oil in the UK.”

High global demand has already caused prices to soar, but this has gotten worse due to the war in Ukraine.

Much of Europe gets a large portion of its gas and oil from Russia, but sanctions mean that this is being phased out. This is not as much a problem for the UK, which gets around 8% of its total imports of oil from the country and it has committed to phasing out all Russian oil by the end of the year.

However Europe is far more reliant on Russia for energy. For countries like Germany, Russian energy accounts for about one third of their oil supply, meaning that if they and other countries turn away from Russia, other will become strained.

Tuning away from Russian energy means there is less of it to go round elsewhere, in certain circumstances.

When competition is higher, the demand rises and so do prices.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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