I don’t know about the rest of you, but my husband and I try to only buy gas at our local grocery store, because every time you spend $50 at the store, they give you a coupon for a $0.10/gallon discount on gas from their pumps. Of course, we’re lucky that grocery stores in Texas offer gas; most people don’t have that option. In fact, I remember my parents (mainly my stepfather) driving two or three miles out of his way to buy gas at the cheapest local place when we lived in California.
Apparently, this behavior is universal, because a poll from Swinton Insurance, a leading auto insurer in the United Kingdom, said that British motorists will also go to a gas station a bit further from home if it will save them money.
How many British drivers will do this? Well, according to Swinton’s survey of 2,200 online customers, 45% of them would elect to go to a farther-away gas source if it was less expensive. On the other hand, 19% of those who responded to the survey said they always choose the station nearest them no matter what the cost might be, and another 34% said it was all about brand loyalty, even if their favored brand costs more than others.
Other interesting numbers from the Swinton survey:
– 68% of surveyed drivers said they actively seek out cheap gas prices.
– 58% will make a mental note of where cheap gas is being offered.
– 32% use the Internet to find cheap gas.
– 10% use supermarket deals that reward shopping points (sort of like what my husband and I do, here in Texas.
In a statement to the press, Steve Chelton, Insurance Development manager at Swinton said, “Petrol prices are such a contentious issue at the moment it is heartening to find out that most motorists are intent on seeking out the cheapest deals.”
Is it just me, or does “petrol” sound so much classier than “gas?”