Some retailers are capping the amount of petrol people can buy, as many forecourts run out of fuel.
Many petrol stations remain closed after running out of fuel yesterday, including this garage in Kenton.
Petrol stations appear to be quieter today, as motorists heed advicenot to panic buy. Queues at this station in Gosforth have subsidedsince yesterday.
If there's no strike, and no shortage, why is panic buying so dangerous?
Forecourt owners say panic buying will only cause more shortages ahead of a possible strike by tanker drivers.
Carole Johnson, manager of the Dunston Service Station on Tyneside, says motorists risk creating a crisis if they panic buy fuel.
We all know just how combustible petrol can be. Throw it into the hothouse of Westminster politics and you get a very volatile situation.