The tank discount is coming – on June 1st. While drivers are happy, experts warn of bottlenecks and chaos. FOCUS Online says why waiting for the tank discount is not a good idea.

Gasoline and diesel prices shot up by 30 cents in Ukraine after the Russian war. In some cases, motorists paid more than 2.30 euros per liter at the petrol and diesel pumps. In the meantime, the price has stabilized at around 1.95 euros and 2.10 euros.

According to a current analysis by the ADAC, the price per liter is Super at 2.04 euros (E10). Compared to the previous week, this is an increase of 3.4 cents. Diesel, on the other hand, has become cheaper during the week. A liter costs 2.049 euros on average, which is 2.6 cents less.

The tank discount from June 1 is intended to make petrol 30 cents cheaper, and diesel drivers save 14 cents. It is part of the federal government’s billion-euro relief package.

To save money, many people are currently avoiding gas pumps. They prefer to wait until the tank discount applies and then fill up. Also, you only fill up as much as is absolutely necessary. Instead of filling up once, people currently fill up for 10, 20 or 30 euros.

After all, thanks to the government-subsidized discount, you can save a whopping 13.50 euros on petrol and 6.30 euros on diesel for a 45-liter tank filling. The situation could worsen in the coming weeks. Gas station operators are already complaining about falling income.

But that has a direct impact on June 1st.

Gas station owners warn of bottlenecks and long queues in consistent reports. Drivers should therefore have a lot of patience. In some cases, petrol and diesel could become scarce.

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The cheap fuel ensures high demand. Petrol stations will often want to order larger quantities, but there are only a few spray guns that can bring petrol and diesel to all petrol pumps in Germany at the same time. In extreme cases, there could be a shortage. The consequence would also be that prices would rise sharply.

At the same time, petrol station operators have been ordering less fuel since the beginning of the month due to the falling demand because they have to sell the liquid gold at a lower price from June 1st. It is unclear whether every filling station will have enough fuel available to meet demand from June 1st.

The Federal Association of Free Gas Stations left a request from FOCUS Online unanswered.

Due to the uncertain situation, it would actually be advisable to fill up now. This is especially true for drivers who urgently need their vehicle at the beginning of the month.

Those who are not dependent on their car at the beginning of June can wait and benefit from the tank discount at a later date.

FOCUS Online advises commuters: Get the 9-euro ticket after the start of advance sales and switch to bus and train. This saves a lot of money over the next three months. We’ll tell you exactly how to use the 9 euros here.

Supermarket prices are skyrocketing, but we consumers also have to dig deeper into our pockets for electricity, petrol, furniture and clothing. What did you observe? What do you do to save money each month for yourself and your family? Send an e-mail to with your name and telephone number


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