Petrol prices have soared to an all-time high, it was revealed today.
The average price of a litre of unleaded at the pumps is now 120p, eclipsing the previous peak of 119.7p reached in July 2008, motoring giant, the RAC, said.
"This is a dark day for motorists," says RAC motoring strategist Adrian Tink (see the Cheap Petrol & Diesel guide).
The new record comes just days after the Government raised fuel duty by 1p a litre. A further 1p rise is due in the autumn, with a 0.76p increase planned for next January.
The RAC said the hike in costs had been caused by a combination of factors. Primarily, the weak pound and the increase in the wholesale price of fuel had produced a steady rise since the beginning of the year.
Also, tax rises since December 2008 have added around 10p to the cost of a litre of fuel.
How to slash fuel costs
Joint MoneySavingExpert.com/RAC research has found you could cut fuel bills by up to 60% by following some simple steps.
That equates to a £1,500 a year saving for a household that spends £2,500 a year on petrol or diesel.
Here are our tips for drivers:
- Look for cheap petrol promotions, particularly in supermarkets. The Cheap Petrol & Diesel guide is updated when promotions are announced.
- Use Petrolprices.com to find the cheapest local filling station.
- Accelerate and brake gently.
- Turn off the air conditioning.
- Keep your car aerodynamic by ensuring it is clean and free of its roofrack, unless in use.
- Keep tyres properly inflated.
- De-clutter your car to make it lighter.
Additional reporting by the Press Association.
Further reading/Key links
Drive down fuel costs: Cheap Petrol & Diesel
Find cheap filling stations: PetrolPrices.com