PETROL prices soared by 5p a litre last month, adding £3 to the cost of filling up an average family car.
It’s the second worst monthly rise since 2000 – 19 years ago.
This is by how much petrol has risen in price in each region of the UK
The price of a litre of unleaded petrol shot up from 122.62p to 128.06p – a 5.44p increase – in April, according to data from RAC Fuel Watch.
It’s thought the rise is because retailers have passed on wholesale price increases to customers after the cost of oil shot up by more than $3 a barrel.
Diesel has also risen by 3p a litre, from 130.70p up to 133.70p.
It’s the third consecutive month of price rises, meaning unleaded has gone up by 8.5p a litre from 119.54p to 128.06p since the beginning of February.
Filling up a 55-litre family car with unleaded petrol is now £3 more expensive and will cost £70.43 on average, the data shows.
Meanwhile, filling the same car with diesel now costs £1.65 more than it did in March, costing £73.54 in total on average.
The country’s four big supermarkets – Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury, and Tesco – all increased their petrol prices above the UK average, the data found.
The supermarket average for unleaded petrol went up by 5.58p a litre from 118.62p to 124.20p, with diesel going up by 4.1p from 127.47p to 131.57p.
Despite the price rises, supermarkets are still the cheapest place to re-fuel on average.
Eye-watering motorway petrol costs went up 3.6p from an average of 141.93p to 145.53p.
Meanwhile service station diesel increased 2.79p from 151.27p to 154.06p.
But the worst fuel hike was in May 2018, when petrol jumped nearly 6p a litre over the month from 123.43p to 129.41p.
Ways to cut down on your fuel costsHERE are some tips on how you can slash the cost of fuel
Make your car more fuel-efficient. You can do this by keeping your tyres inflated, taking the roof rack off, emptying your car of clutter and turning off your air con when driving at lower speeds.
Find the cheapest fuel prices. PetrolPrices.com and Confused.com allows you to search prices of UK petrol stations. All you need to do is enter in your postcode and tell it how far you want to travel (up to 20 miles).
Drive more efficiently. Some ways to do this, include:
Accelerate gradually without over-revving
Always drive on the highest possible gear
If you can, allow your car to slow down naturally as your brake is a money burner
Re-starting your car is expensive, if you can keep moving
RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “Despite the good weather April turned out to be one of the bleakest months ever for drivers with the second biggest monthly rise in the price of petrol for nearly 20 years.
“RAC Fuel Watch data shows the price of unleaded rose every single day from the end of March for three and half weeks, which is the longest run of daily price rises since May last year.”
He added: “This will have a damaging effect on household budgets across the country and will inevitably mean there will be less money available for non-essential spending.”
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Morrisons is giving drivers 5p off per litre of fuel before the bank holiday weekend.
While Sainsbury’s is cutting fuel costs by 10p a litre – but you do have to spend at least £60 in one of its shops.
The offer may help as petrol prices are set to soar by £160 a year.
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