Misfuelling Figures: Men More Likely to Put Wrong Fuel into Vehicle

It’s easily done. Your mind’s on other things as you drive your vehicle up to the garage and plug in the pump. It’s only afterwards that you realise you’ve just put diesel in a petrol car or vice versa. Well, you’re definitely not alone.


A new survey, carried out by the breakdown service company RAC, has revealed that 13% of men admit to filling up on the wrong fuel, compared to just 8% of women. The RAC alone attend to around 30,000 cases of misfuelling per year, and country-wide figures are likely to be much, much higher at around 300,000. The estimated cost of misfuelling each year is a staggering £40 million, while some figures suggest the bill is even higher, at £150m.


Men are also more likely to run out of fuel, calculating – or miscalculating – that they can make just one more journey on a near-empty tank of gas. Highlighting the danger of playing ‘petrol or diesel roulette’, 12% have found themselves stranded on motorways doing so. While 76% of those surveyed denied ever having been caught out, of those that did, 39% were women and 61% were men. And 6% of those were likely to be repeat offenders, whereas with women, this dropped to 4%.


Although why there is a disparity between men and women here is unclear – generally speaking, when it comes to drivers, there’s a more or less even gender split. However, having studied the data, some commentators have suggested this is due to men typically driving more miles than women. Most recently, broadcaster Chris Evans made the mistake of putting diesel in a petrol car, which caused a mini-explosion. He described how ‘huge flashes from the bonnet and huge plumes of smoke’ erupted from the car after his fuel fiasco.


If you’ve had a misfuelling mishap and put petrol in a diesel car or diesel in a petrol car, first of all don’t worry. Just give us a call on 0800 634 9827. Our fully trained technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to get your car back on the road where it belongs.