The easiest way to find the cheapest forecourt in your area for petrol, diesel, LPG (liquefied petroleum gas, used for heating and cooking as well as vehicles) and more is by comparing prices using a nifty free tool.

Go to website PetrolPrices.com and after registering, enter your postcode and tell it how far you’re willing to travel (five, 10 or 25 miles). It’ll list that day’s cheapest petrol stations in your area (it says prices are updated every weekday around noon, though we’ve seen the odd result that’s a few days old) and covers around 8,000 of the 8,500 forecourts across the UK.

PetrolPrices.com allows you to do 20 free searches a month, which should be enough unless you’re doing some serious mileage. But an alternative if you need more is a similar Confused.com tool – it covers slightly fewer petrol stations and is only updated once a week, but you can get up to 20 searches a week with a free account.

More advice on how to find the best prices at the pumps is available at the Money Saving Expert website