DRIVERS are being told to check how huge changes to petrol will affect their cars.

Motorists have been told that during the summer the standard (95 octane) petrol grade in Great Britain will become E10.

However, the government are urging people to check whether their car is compatible before the changes take place.

They have set up a website so that car owners can check if there car will be able to use the fuel.

The change in fuel applies to petrol only and has been made in a bid to lower emissions.

E10 petrol contains up to 10 per cent renewable ethanol, which will help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions associated with petrol vehicles and tackle climate change.

Petrol in the UK currently contains up to 5 per cent renewable ethanol.

E10 petrol is already widely used around the world, including across Europe, the US and Australia.

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It has also been the reference fuel against which new cars are tested for emissions and performance since 2016.

While almost all petrol-powered vehicles can use E10 petrol and all cars built since 2011 are compatible, there are some that will not be.

People who own classic, cherished and older vehicles and some specific models, particularly those from the early 2000s may find their vehicles are not compatible.

Some mopeds, particularly those with an engine size of 50cc or under, may also not be compatible.

If your petrol vehicle or equipment is not compatible with E10 fuel, you will still be able to use E5 by purchasing the ‘super’ grade (97+ octane) petrol from most filling stations.

Petrol pumps will clearly label petrol as either E10 or E5.