Fuel is cheaper in the evening – refueling in the morning is much more expensive

Cheaper fuel in the evening
Refueling in the morning is much more expensive

If you want to save money, you should fill up in the evening. This is even more true this year than usual, because the typical morning rush hour price spike for diesel is higher than ever since ADAC studied development.

In May, according to an analysis by the ADAC, the difference in fuel prices between the peak of rush hour traffic and the evening low of diesel was more than 16 cents. It is more than double from a year ago and the highest value the traffic club has ever determined in the annual analysis since 2015. Also for the Super E10 the price range has increased compared to the previous year and has hovered around to 10 cents.

“In the morning rush hour, an attempt was made once again to demand particularly high prices from some customers,” criticized ADAC expert Jürgen Albrecht. According to the assessment, the price was highest around 7 am. Then Diesel averaged 12 and Super E10 more than 6 cents above the daily average.

The cheapest from 18:00 to 19:00 and from 20:00 to 22:00

In the late evening, however, diesel was about 5 cents below the daily average, E10 just under 4 cents. In the daily curve, there are a total of seven waves for both types of fuel. The first gets up from just before 5:00 to 7:00. Prices then drop sharply until 9:00, and then rise slightly by 10:00. From there it gradually descends in a wave motion.

According to the ADAC, the cheapest time to fill up in May is between 6pm and 7pm and between 8pm and 10pm. This was also the case in previous years. According to the ADAC, there are hardly any price changes at night, at an average level. “In June, the cards were reshuffled due to ongoing shifts,” Albrecht said, referring to the tax cut earlier this month, which saw a lot of movement in the fuel market. “But the periods from 18:00 to 19:00 and from 20:00 to 22:00 remain particularly favorable. Furthermore, drivers should keep their eyes open and consciously promote competition through their refueling behavior. you have to fill up in the morning, often smaller quantities are enough “. According to the ADAC, the prices of virtually all petrol stations in Germany in May were included in the assessment.

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