This is the moment a man was spotted refueling his car with a trolley full of cooking oil as drivers struggle with the cost of filling up.
With fuel prices hitting record highs, a customer was filmed outside a Tesco superstore in Congleton, Cheshire, on Tuesday afternoon.
In the video he can be seen at the rear of his car with a trolley-load of vegetable oil bottles that he starts to open.
One by one he then pours the oil into his vehicle as bemused onlookers watch him.
Mark Rainford, who recorded the clip, said: ‘I filmed it and as I walked past him he was taking all the tops off the bottles first, that’s what made me laugh. He had clearly thought it through. ‘
This is the bizarre moment a man was spotted refueling his car with a trolley full of cooking oil outside a Tesco superstore in Congleton, Cheshire – as drivers struggle with the cost of filling up
While some viewers praised the man for his ingenuity, using cooking oils as a replacement for fuel can prove extremely risky and can cause lasting damage to engines.
One man on social media said: ‘It’s going to be a busy night for the AA when everyone tries this in their modern diesel engines.’
Another critic said: ‘Don’t go putting veg oil in your car or van unless it’s old type diesel engine.
‘You’ll f *** your engine up, it’s too thick and you’ll blow the diesel pump up. And especially don’t put it in a petrol car / van. ‘
In the video he can be seen at the rear of his car with a trolley-load of vegetable oil bottles that he starts to open. One by one he then pours the oil into his vehicle as bemused onlookers watch him
A third person posted: ‘To use veg oil you need a heater in the fuel system and also the glycerine in the oil will eventually clog up the fuel system and homogenise the engine lubrication oil.
‘The only way it works is to convert it to biodiesel using toxic and dangerous chemicals.’
The AA and RAC have been approached for comment.
The video clip comes as customer continue to be clobbered by a record rise in oil and diesel prices at a time when household energy bills are also increasing.
Average price of petrol at forecourts hit a record 165.89p per liter yesterday, up from 148.0p just a month ago – while diesel was at 177.34p, up from 151.6pa a month ago.
Senior Tory MP Robert Halfon has warned the rises could put Britain in a ‘de facto lockdown’ by making it impossible for people to fill-up, ministers have been warned.
The backbencher said parents will soon no longer be able to afford to take their children to school while workers will struggle to get to work.
The video clip comes as customer continue to be clobbered by a record rise in oil and diesel prices at a time when household energy bills are also increasing
Yesterday morning, diesel rose to a record high of £ 1.76 per liter, while petrol was recorded to be at £ 1.65 a liter
The steep rises in fuel prices have also sparked fears of a wave of thefts by opportunist thieves looking to sell the fuel on or others desperate to avoid paying.
The Telegraph reported that rural households stockpiling oil in their back-garden tanks are being targeted by thieves who are exploiting the surge to sell the stolen fuel on the black market.
Sarah Lee, Director of Policy for the Countryside Alliance told MailOnline police were already advising the public to ‘keep their tanks in a well-overlooked position’.
‘With worrying reports of thieves targeting rural households to steal oil to sell on the black market, it is critical that rural home owners and farmers ensure their security, including cctv and security lighting, is up and running,’ she said.
Drivers continue to be clobbered by record fuel prices as petrol reaches an average of £ 1.65 per liter. Figures from data firm Experian Catalist show the average cost of a liter of petrol at UK forecourts has increased by 16p in the past month
The steep rises in fuel prices have also sparked fears of a wave of thefts by opportunist thieves looking to sell the fuel on or others desperate to avoid paying. In Newcastle, police were investigating the theft of 15,000 liters of fuel, roughly worth £ 25,000, that was snatched from an industrial estate storage facility (pictured).
The theft of 15,000 liters of fuel, worth roughly £ 25,000, from an industrial estate storage facility was reported in Newcastle earlier this week.
And footage from February shows a hooded man in a tracksuit stroll up to pumps at a Co-op station in Washington, Tyne and Wear and steal council recycling bin-worth of petrol.
A quick Google search will bring up advice on whether using cooking oil to power vehicles is viable.
Cooking oil delivery firm Cater Oils says recycling vegetable oil into a biodiesel is possible.
But on its advice page, the company adds a caveat that people ‘really shouldn’t’ just pour the oil directly from the bottle into their cars.
This is due to it being so thick and sticky.
This means it won’t flow properly through the engine and it won’t burnt efficiently. This could cause it to solidify and build up, damaging the engine.
The process of turning cooking oil into biodiesel, and therefore an efficient source of fuel, is called transesterification. But Cater Oils advises that this should be left to the experts.