This morning I returned a rental car to LHR T5. I'm approaching along the M25 and am looking for petrol stations along the way and, as usual, I don't find one. I look on my iphone for fuel and it gives me a load of useless petrol stations all over the countryside which are no use to anybody.
I've been in this situation at T5 a few times and I know a place to go, but it's always annoying. What I'm looking for is an app for iphone or android, or perhaps a web service, that tells me the last fuel stop on my route to the airport before I return a rental car, or if there isn't one, the one closest to the airport after arriving. Surely lots of people would find this useful?
I don't want the nearest to me, or the nearest to the airport, but the nearest to the airport on my route to the airport. Does such an app exist? I rent cars in various countries mainly in Europe and the US, so ideally something generic.
I swear the rental car companies are in collusion with others to prevent you knowing where to fill up so that you end up having to pay outrageous refueling charges.
Edit: As suggested in comments, maybe it should show the best place to refuel, based on price and/or distance from airport.
The "best" place depends on various criteria. If you're in a hurry, or your fuel is on expenses, you might not care for optimising for the lowest price. If you're paying yourself and time isn't of the essence, then maybe you're willing to take a small diversion.
I signed up to petrolprices.com as someone mentioned it in the comments. For LGW, the most convenient petrol station for most people arriving from the M23 would be the Gatwick South BP station at 115.9p/l
A search centered on the airport shows cheaper petrol stations:
Heading to Heathrow T5 is more complicated. There are no petrol stations approaching on the M25, and some of the ones on the map require non-simple diversions depending on whether you are approaching from the North or South:
I had a quick look at google maps on the iphone and waze. Waze is a bit annoying in that it expects me to enable location monitoring 24/7 and won't let me search for anything useful until I've become some sort of qualified member.
Google maps didn't show me petrol stations in Rome that I would have chosen on the way to the airport, so I'm not convinced it's doing a great job either.
Further info supplied in comments (thanks @Freeman, @user1908704, @JonathanReez, @CMaster, @others):
Related TSE QA.
Waze differs from traditional GPS navigation software in that it is community-driven, gathering complementary map data and traffic information from its users. Like other GPS software it learns from users' driving times to provide routing and real-time traffic updates. It is free to download and use. People can report accidents, traffic jams, speed and police traps, and from the online map editor, can update roads, landmarks, house numbers, etc. Waze also identifies the cheapest fuel station near a user or along their route, provided Waze has enabled gas prices for that country.
Which sounds like it should do what is necessary if someone can explain how, ideally with a few screenshots and examples.
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Rental car companies typically suggest you should fill up within 10 miles of returning the car, so although probably not all that significant, refueling 10 miles before return might be more optimal than 1 mile before return, given that the cost of fuel right next to the airport is probably higher than 10 miles away also.
Fuel price sites/apps:
Our site allows users to search for the cheapest petrol in their area quickly and, if they choose, receive regular alerts so they will always be the first to know when the prices change.
GasBuddy.com is a group of local websites which offers an online method for website visitors to post and view recent retail gasoline prices.