Different Types of Fuel

When you arrive at the petrol station its always a good idea to find the pump that is beside your fuel cap (although these days most petrol stations pumps can stretch round to the other side too).

When you get out to put fuel first of all you’ll need to make sure that your engine and mobile phone is off and then you should open up the fuel cap ready so you can put fuel.

It is imperative that you know what type of fuel your car takes. The two most common types of fuel in a petrol station is diesel and unleaded with the recent addition of LPG.

Diesel generally costs a few pence more per litre than unleaded but it can give you up to twice the distance that unleaded can. Although diesel engines tend to be a lot louder than unleaded engines. Common vehicles that use diesel are working vehicles like buses, lorries, vans and taxes although a small percentage of cars use it too. Diesel cars have recently been seen to be more pollutive to the environment and the government are working on schemes to eradicate diesel cars and introduce more environmentally friendlier fuels.

Unleaded petrol generally costs a little less than diesel per litre but doesn’t do near as much mileage. In return, cars that use unleaded tend to be more quieter and is used by cars used for social and domestic purposes. They are also more safer for the environment and tend to be the preferred option for those not planning to use their car for work.

Gas or LPG is the newest type of fuel to hit the petrol stations. It is by far the cheapest (nearly half the price of diesel) and the most economical too although it may not last as long as diesel fuel it is still more value for money. LPG is purchased by the litre but when its pumped into the engine it then becomes a gas.

If you wish to use LPG in your vehicle you will need a gas LPG (liquid petroleum gas) conversion which would turn your car into a dual-fuel car.

A newer independent LPG fuel system will be added to your car which will need a separate tank.

Typically fitted in the boot of the car normally where the spare wheel is and you can choose the size of the tank so it should not overly affect boot space.