Drivers warned of two E10 petrol warnings – including less miles per gallon

Drivers have been urged to be careful when filling up with E10 petrol.

Accidentally filling up the car with the wrong fuel could pose a lot of problems.

According to the RAC, around 600,000 older and classic cars should not use E10 and instead fill up with E5.

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And with around 150,000 drivers putting in the wrong fuel every year, a motoring expert has shared two serious warnings.

Dorry Potter, car expert at National Scrap Car, said the biggest benefit of E10 over E5 is that it's better for the environment.

She told "There are two issues with this fuel though. The first is that not all cars are compatible with it meaning that if someone was to absentmindedly put this fuel in a non-compatible car it is likely to cause damage.

"The government has a tool on their website which helps motorists check whether their car is able to have E10.

"Secondly, E10 is less efficient for motorists, due to the higher ethanol content drivers will get fewer miles per gallon than with E5, meaning more trips to the pumps and more money coming out of wallets.

"Not something anyone needs with fuel prices still being high and the cost of living crisis."

E5 is 95% unleaded petrol and 5% ethanol, whereas E10 is 90% unleaded petrol and 10% ethanol.

The greener fuel is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year, which is the equivalent of taking up to 350,000 cars off the road.

Another motoring expert Dave Rossall, frmo NFU Mutual's, also urged drivers to check their compatibility with E10 before visiting a petrol station.

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."

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