tools allow you to find stations near you

published on Saturday, October 08, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

In times of concern over fuel shortages, online tools allow real-time availability at stations, reports BFMTV, Saturday, October 8.

Everywhere in France, motorists struggle to refuel. According to Olivier Véran, a government spokesman interviewed by RMC and BFMTV on Friday, October 7, “The situation is disparate.”

“There are 15% of the stations in our country that have difficulties to supply themselves with all fuels. Generally, there is a fuel, often diesel, that runs out in part during the day”, he admits. But according to him, “There is no global shortage.”

However, the situation worries motorists, according to data collected by some traffic applications, according to which “a significant spike in service station attendance” was noted, according to Jérôme Marty, country manager for Waze France. Sometimes to cause stockouts. A phenomenon that is explained by a strike movement that began a few days ago in the TotalEnergies refineries, but also by the discount at the pump of 20 euro cents that this same oil group has recently launched.

Maps and mobile applications for real-time information

To predict its filling and avoid finding yourself facing an empty pump, there are solutions. Interactive maps allow you to monitor fuel availability in real time. This is particularly the case for a map made available by the government at prix-carburants.gouv, or on the site TotalEnergies also has its tool on its website.

But websites are not the only tools available to users. Various mobile applications such as Waze provide information on the level of fuel still available at the stations, thanks to regular updates. “Users can share updates on fuel availability and prices in their local area to help others, so they can find supplies and avoid unnecessary trips and queues to out-of-stock filling stations.”, explains Jérôme Marty to BFMTV. In addition to Waze and its 17 million users, the Gasoil Now, Gaspal or Essence and Co applications may be other options.

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