Free smartphone app helps holidaymakers drive around petrol shortage in France
France currently has 40% or about 4500 of its petrol stations either without fuel or are running at a seriously low level because of strikes.
If you are driving there and need to fill up your tank, there are ways to stop you embarking on wasted journeys.
Fuel apps can mark your card and Essence is the most comprehensive in telling you which of their 10,255 petrol stations are the best to approach.
It will assist you in earmarking the cheapest and nearest station within a distance of 50 metres. Better still, it provides a map and show you how to get there.
Gasoil Now gives a driver two options –the closest and the cheapest in your area.
You can tap on the individual station to getting further information on the cost and types of fuel available. You just need to be wary of efforts at in-app purchases and too many adverts.
The Zagaz app may not be a lot to look at but it has loads of petrol station info, including payment options.
The Stations Service app offers map and list-based information. However while it lists locations, it does not give prices.
Finally, the Mobicarbu app gives searchable details from either a price or location perspective. It is free for a week but you will have to pay if you want to use it beyond that.
Rationing of fuel has been imposed across large areas of northern France. To beat the crisis, many motorists were crossing the border into Belgium to fill up their tanks.