Most of us won't be driving as much as we normally would, if at all. But for those that still need to drive, filling up conveniently and safely with fuel remains essential.
The news that some petrol stations may be forced to close due to a lack of sales, according to the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), could make this more of a challenge.
It's important to note that people should not be driving unless it's for one of the three key reasons outlined by the government:
If you do need to drive for an essential purpose, read on for our tips on protecting yourself and others when you refuel.
The PRA, which represents independent fuel retailers and accounts for 70% of UK petrol stations, said in a statement that fuel consumption has fallen by more than 70% due to the pandemic.
It said that this means some petrol stations must close 'as businesses become unviable'. It's warned that sites in rural areas, where fuel use has collapsed the most, are particularly vulnerable.
The PRA has stated that it will attempt to keep a 'strategic network of petrol stations' open across the country. However, it advises motorists to check whether their local petrol station is still open before going to fill up.
First, follow the PRA's advice to check if a petrol station is open before going to fill up.
Most fuel operators now have their own app, so you can find local stations that are still open. If in doubt, give your local forecourt a ring or, if it has a website, check online.
Follow our top tips to plan your journey and avoid the risk of running out of fuel:
When refuelling, you'll inevitably have to touch the pump, car door handles and other surfaces.
To minimise the risk to you and others, consider cleaning your hands after getting out of car and before getting back in.
It's best to keep hand sanitiser and wipes in your car. You can use wipes on a petrol pump and car handles, and wipe down the pump handle and any other parts you touch - such as keypads on 'pay-at-pump' machines - before and after you use it.
Wear disposable gloves if you have some, or alternatively use paper towels to handle the pump. Dispose of used disposable gloves and paper towels straight away - don't keep and reuse.
When you can, pay at the pump to avoid needing to go into a shop, as this will reduce your direct contact with others, and pay using contactless credit of debit card, if possible.
Fill up fully when you can - this reduces how often you'll need to visit petrol stations to refuel.