E10 fuel changes: Warning over misfuelling ‘mistake’ with new petrol – expert advice

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It is estimated that 600,000 older vehicles manufactured before 2011 and classic cars should not use E10. They are encouraged to continue using E5 petrol which will still be available in super grade at many filling stations.

The RAC estimated that every year, 150,000 motorists put the wrong fuel into their vehicle.

That is approximately one misfuel every three minutes.

Before going to fill up, drivers should check the Government E10 checker website to ensure that their car is compatible with E10.

NFU Mutual advises drivers not to rely on the colour of the pump but instead make sure the correct fuel is used by checking the information on or near the nozzle.

Drivers could even put an alert sticker on the inside of the fuel flap as a reminder.

Dave Rossall, NFU Mutual’s Motor Claims Manager, warned drivers about the hazards of misfuelling.

He said: “Putting the wrong fuel into a vehicle is comparatively easy to do so it should be reassuring to know that there is insurance cover in place.

“Expert opinion varies but putting E10 petrol into an older petrol driven vehicle once should be OK, but it’s not recommended to repeatedly make that mistake because it could cause damage.

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“Putting E10 petrol into a diesel vehicle will definitely spell trouble.

“People can check on their vehicle’s compatibility with the new E10 petrol by clicking on the GOV.UK website.

“If people are still uncertain, we suggest contacting the vehicle manufacturer who will be able to clarify whether it’s safe to use E10 petrol.

“The change only applies to petrol driven vehicles.

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