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If you’re heading to St Malo this half-term holiday, we recommend filling up before you set sail; from Poole. With only a short drive on the other side, you can make the most of your trip without worry! Here’s a helpful guide to getting the most out of your fuel, as well as where to fill up near port.

Although refineries are continuing to produce fuel, union blockades at distribution depots are leading to shortages, the AA has issued a statement this week regarding the crisis.


The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has also issued the following advice:
‘Following industrial action (blockades of fuel depots) fuel purchasing restrictions have been put in place by local authorities in some parts of northern and northwest France.  In certain areas you may not be able to fill up jerry can, and fuel rationing may be imposed.’


There are plenty of stations close to Poole port, and here’s a handy guide to finding them:


1. North of Port - Esso

347 Wimborne Rd, Poole BH15 3ED


2. West of Port - Hamworthy Service Station

490 Blandford Rd, Poole BH16 5BN


3. Closest to Port - BP 

Longfleet Rd, Poole BH15 2HP


4. From Bournemouth – Shell

 Parkstone, 113-115 Bournemouth Rd, Poole, GB BH14 9HR


Don’t forget, passengers travelling from Poole to St Malo are unable to travel with a petrol/jerry can on any of our ships, so it’s important to fill up your tank before you set sail!


In addition to this, Essense have a live map of petrol stations local to the Normandy and St Malo regions, detailing which ones are operating or are in partial/complete shortage. At the moment, 41% of petrol stations are affected. Click here to see the live map.


If you are still concerned about the fuel situation, the AA have some handy tips on driving more efficiently:



Before you go

• Lose weight: extra weight means extra fuel so if there's anything in the boot you don't need on the journey take it out

• Streamline: roof-racks and boxes add wind resistance and so increase fuel consumption. If you don't need it take it off – if you do, pack carefully to reduce drag

• Leave promptly: don't start the engine until you're ready to go as idling wastes fuel and the engine warms up more quickly when you're moving

• Don't get lost: plan unfamiliar journeys to reduce the risk of getting lost and check the traffic news before you leave

• Combine short trips: cold starts use more fuel so it pays to combine errands such as buying the paper, dropping off the recycling, or collecting the kids

• Consider alternatives: if it's a short journey (a couple of miles or so) could you walk or cycle rather than taking the car? 


En route

• Easy does it: drive smoothly, accelerate gently and read the road ahead to avoid unnecessary braking

• Decelerate smoothly: when you have to slow down or to stop, decelerate smoothly by releasing the accelerator in time, leaving the car in gear

• Rolling: if you can keep the car moving all the time, so much the better; stopping then starting again uses more fuel than rolling

• Change up earlier: don't labour the engine but try changing up at an engine speed of around 2,000 rpm in a diesel car or around 2,500 rpm in a petrol car. This can make such a difference that all cars in the future are likely to be fitted with a 'Gear Shift indicator' light to show the most efficient gear change points.

• Cut down on the air-con: air-conditioning increases fuel consumption at low speeds, but at higher speeds the effects are less noticeable. So if it's a hot day open the windows around town and save the air conditioning for high speed driving. Don't leave air-con on all the time but aim to run it at least once a week throughout the year to maintain the system in good condition.

• Turn it off: electrical loads increase fuel consumption, so turn off your heated rear windscreen, demister blowers and headlights, when you don't need them

• Stick to speed limits: the faster you go the greater the fuel consumption and pollution. Driving at 70mph uses up to 9% more fuel than at 60mph and up to 15% more than at 50mph. Cruising at 80mph can use up to 25% more fuel than at 70mph.


The full article written by the AA can be found here