Petrol prices have risen for the ninth consecutive month, it has been found.
RAC Fuel Watch figures revealed prices have increased by 3.4p and 2.7p for petrol and diesel respectively.
The average litre of unleaded now costs 135.13p – a rise from the beginning of the month’s figure of 131.76p. The last time the current price was seen was September 2013. In comparison, diesel costs 137.06p, an increase from 134.36p.
A driver filling up a 55-litre car will typically pay £3.08 more for petrol than they would have done at the start of June. In comparison, it would cost £2.90 more to fill up a similar sized tank with diesel.
RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “Prices really are only going one way at the moment – and that’s not the way drivers want to see them going. With a second summer staycation in full swing, it’s proving to be a particularly costly one for many families who are using their cars to holiday here in the UK. With so many people depending on their vehicles, there’s really nothing drivers can do to escape the high prices, and our best advice is for them to drive as economically as possible in order to try to make their money go further.”
“Right now it’s hard to see what it will take for prices to start falling again. While we’re not past the pandemic by any means, demand for oil is likely to continue to increase as economic activity picks up again, and this is likely to have the effect of pushing up wholesale fuel prices, costs which retailers are bound to pass on at the pumps. Unless major oil producing nations decide a new strategy to increase output, we could very well see forecourt prices going even higher towards the end of the summer.”
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A driver filling up a 55-litre car will typically pay £3.08 more for petrol than they would have done at the start of June.