Tank discount is coming: Why you shouldn’t drive to the gas station on June 1st

From June 1st, petrol and diesel prices will be cheaper. While drivers are happy, experts warn of bottlenecks and chaos. CHIP reveals why it’s not a good idea to wait for the tank discount.

Gasoline and diesel prices shot up by 30 cents in Ukraine after the Russian war. In some cases, motorists paid more than 2.30 euros for a liter of fuel at the petrol and diesel pumps. In the meantime, the price has stabilized at around 1.95 euros and 2.10 euros.

According to a current analysis by the ADAC, the price per liter is Super at 2.04 euros (E10). Compared to the previous week, this is an increase of 3.4 cents. Diesel, on the other hand, has become cheaper during the week. A liter costs 2.049 euros on average, which is 2.6 cents less.

Tank discount is coming – that’s how much you can save

The fuel discount will be available from June 1st.
The fuel discount will be available from June 1st.

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The tank discount from June 1 is intended to make petrol 30 cents cheaper, and diesel drivers save 14 cents. He’s part of the billionaire government relief package.

To save money, many people are currently avoiding gas pumps. They prefer to wait until the tank discount applies and then fill up. Also, you only fill up as much as is absolutely necessary. Instead of filling up once, people currently fill up for 10, 20 or 30 euros.

After all, thanks to the government-subsidized discount, you can save a whopping 13.50 euros on petrol and 6.30 euros on diesel for a 45-liter tank filling. The situation could worsen in the coming weeks. Gas station operators are already complaining about falling income.

But that has a direct impact on June 1st.

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Long queues and bottlenecks threaten

Gas station owners warn of bottlenecks and long queues in consistent reports. Drivers should therefore have a lot of patience. In some cases, petrol and diesel could become scarce.

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The cheap fuel ensures a high demand. Petrol stations will often want to order larger quantities, but there are only a few spray guns that can bring petrol and diesel to all petrol pumps in Germany at the same time. In extreme cases, there could be a shortage. The consequence would also be that prices would rise sharply.

At the same time, petrol station operators have been ordering less fuel since the beginning of the month due to the falling demand because they have to sell the liquid gold at a lower price from June 1st. It is unclear whether each filling station will have enough fuel available to meet demand after June 1st.

The Federal Association of Free Gas Stations left a query from our editorial staff unanswered.

Would you rather fill up now – or wait and see?

As soon as the tank discount is offered, experts expect chaos and bottlenecks at the gas stations.
As soon as the tank discount is offered, experts expect chaos and bottlenecks at the gas stations.

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Due to the uncertain situation, it would actually be advisable to fill up the tank now. This is especially true for drivers who urgently need their vehicle at the beginning of the month.

Those who are not dependent on their car at the beginning of June can wait and benefit from the tank discount at a later date.

CHIP advises commuters: get the 9-euro ticket after the start of advance sales and change to bus and train. This saves a lot of money over the next three months. You can read exactly how to use the 9 euro here:

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The post also appeared at Focus Online.

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