With so many fuel card locations and options out there, a common question is ‘where can you use UK fuel cards?’. In this post, we will give you a brief guide to areas, networks and locating tools to help answer this question.
Where Can I Use my Fuel Card?
Where you use your fuel card depends on the type of vehicles your fleet drives and where your vehicles drive. For example, you may just want localised coverage or national access, depending on where business takes you. You may already know what kind of coverage your fleet needs, but we would recommend an audit from your fuel card provider to help you be sure you have the correct coverage for your needs. For extra guidance, read our blog post on whether you need a full UK coverage fuel card. As well as having control over where you can use your cards geographically, you can also choose the types of fuel stations to use them at:
Supermarkets and Inner City
If your fleet mostly consists of cars or vans and completes inner-city journeys, a supermarket fuel card could be the ideal solution for your fleet. For more information on supermarket fuel cards, we have a blog post on our own supermarket fuel card, which gives you an idea of what to expect from the industry offerings. Some providers also allow you to collect supermarket points with a supermarket fuel card which can be a bonus. For inner-city fuel stations that aren’t supermarkets, you can choose a fuel card that allows you to use independent fuel stations based on networks.
If your fleet or drivers mostly travel on motorways or A-roads, a supermarket fuel card probably isn’t what you’ll be looking for. You can instead choose a card that includes motorway sites or A-road locations so your drivers don’t have to leave the motorway to fuel up and can conveniently continue on their journeys between filling.
For haulage fleets relying on HGV sites, a fuel card with access to HGV fuel stations is the optimal solution if you’re looking for time savers when there’s a delivery deadline to meet. These HGV sites are strategically placed on major trunk roads, such as A-roads and motorways for ultimate convenience.
Which Fuel Networks Can I Use?
Of course, the locations you can use your fuel cards depends on the networks you have activated on your fuel card. Generally, the main networks fuel cards offer are:
However, it’s worth checking if your fuel card provider will give you access to a combination of specific networks on one card, or all of them if you depend on independent or motorway fuel stations to fill up. These are sometimes called flexi fuel cards and give you more control over where your drivers can use their cards.
How Can I Find out Where My Nearest Fuel Station is?
If you do decide on a specific network, your drivers won’t always automatically know where the next fuel station is, especially if they are travelling in an unfamiliar part of the country. Many fuel card providers offer a garage locator app or website service for your drivers to use as a GPS to locate the nearest fuel station compatible with their fuel card.
If you’d like to understand more of the benefits fuel cards have to offer businesses or how fuel cards work for employees, please check our other blog posts.