The UK is currently experiencing fuel shortages as a reduction in HGV drivers led motorists to panic buy petrol and diesel.

The fuel shortage has left many stations with no choice but to enforce £30 limits on fuel purchases, with some running out of petrol and diesel completely.

Despite leaders urging members of the public to limit panic buying, the concern and hurried buying amongst motorists has meant that the government have had to cancel competition law amongst fuel providers in the UK.

This means that petrol and diesel companies are sharing information in order to ensure that all stations are supplied with enough fuel to keep the country running.

As the shortage continues, you may want to use up an old petrol can from the garage — however expired fuel can cause damage to your car.

Here's how you can store your fuel, and make sure that it's not off before use.

Does petrol have a sell by date?

Motorists are being capped on the amount of fuel they can buy (


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Petrol can expire and when oxidised, it can cause impurities to clog up and damage the inner mechanisms of your engine.

When stored in a sealed container at 20 degrees, it can last up to six months.

If you store it in higher temperatures, it can expire at roughly three months.

Can diesel expire?

You can normally use diesel for between six and twelve months or until it becomes ‘gummy.’

If you notice that it’s extra sticky, don’t use it. Old diesel can become sticky over time and this can again clog up the car system.

Can I use old fuel?

You can use old fuel if you rejuvenate it properly (


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You can rejuviate old petrol or diesel that is sitting in a tank - you can do this by topping it up with new fuel.

But if your tank is full of old petrol or diesel, this can’t be reused and your tank will need to be drained to ensure it doesn’t cause engine damage.

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