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Petrol prices are at their highest since 2014 - but the RAC say there's 'no good reason' for it

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 13/06/2018 12:34:10 Neil Lancefield

Petrol prices are at their highest since 2014 - but the RAC says it doesn't have to be like this.

The motoring organisation says there is 'no good reason' why fuel retailers are refusing to cut prices, a motoring organisation has claimed.

Forecourt prices should be reduced by 2p per litre (ppl) to reflect a drop in wholesale costs, according to the RAC, the Mirror reports .

Drivers have suffered a rise min fuel prices almost every day since the end of April despite wholesale costs coming down by around 2.5ppl since May 24.

Average UK forecourt prices currently stand at £1.29 per litre for unleaded and £1.33 for diesel.

This is the most expensive both fuels have been since September 2014.

The RAC says recent falls in wholesale costs have been caused by the US drilling for more oil than in recent years, increased output from Russia and ongoing speculation oil producing group Opec will end its restriction on production.

The RAC says there's 'no good reason' for the cost of fuel to be so high © Trinity Mirror Shared Services LimitedThe RAC says there's 'no good reason' for the cost of fuel to be so high

RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: "Our data shows it's high time retailers cut the price of petrol and diesel at the pumps.

"We see no good reason for them to wait before passing on savings they are benefiting from.

"Motorists really felt the impact of rising prices in May, when the cost of filling up a petrol family car jumped by around £3.30 in a single month.

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"We are now well into June, and drivers are still waiting for some relief to rising prices.

"There remains a risk that the cost of a barrel of oil could go up again.

"In such an instance the retailers are unlikely to pass on any savings they have banked during this period, but instead will start passing on future increases at the pump."

a person riding on the back of a car: Fuel prices are at their highest since 2014 © Trinity Mirror Shared Services LimitedFuel prices are at their highest since 2014

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13 simple tips on how to save fuel

Statistics show that the price of petrol has crept up by over 3p per litre in the past three months to October.

This means owners of cars with 55 litre tanks are spending £1.65 more every time they fill up than they were in the summer.

"To avoid the extra cost, there are many easy ways to reduce fuel consumption while driving," explains Simon Henrick at Green Flag .

"Drivers should think about driving smarter by taking the time to research the fastest route and sharing journeys with friends and family, as well as shopping around to find the cheaper fuel options.

"Slowing down a little, driving smoothly, and removing any unnecessary weight from the car are just a number of the other easy ways to avoid using extra fuel."

  1. Slow down: Keeping your speed down can reduce the fuel consumption of the engine. It goes without saying that we should all stick to the speed limit, but your car's handbook will tell you what the most fuel-efficient in-town and out-of-town speed is for you.
  2. Lose weight: Avoid carrying any unnecessary weight in the car as heavy loads put more strain on the vehicle, leading to higher fuel consumption.
  3. Find the shortest route: Taking the trouble to find the shortest route to your destination can make the journey more economical. Our online route planner can help you find the shortest route - from your doorstep to any destination in Europe.
  4. Cut the air com: Running the air conditioning increases the car's fuel consumption. So, if you want to save fuel and money, keep it to a minimum.
  5. Close the windows: Open windows and sunroofs create drag, which means that you won't travel as far per litre of fuel.
  6. Share journeys: By sharing journeys with friends and colleagues the overall fuel consumption can be reduced.
  7. Multi-tasking saves money: One long trip is more fuel-efficient than several short ones, as a cold engine uses more fuel than a warmed up one.
  8. Shop around: Check out the difference in prices charged by garages in your local area. Prices can vary, especially if you're a high mileage driver who fills up regularly. Avoid filling up at motorway service stations, as their prices tend to be higher.
  9. Check your pressure: Checking tyre pressure regularly not only improves the safety and performance of the tyres, it also keeps the car running at the optimum fuel efficiency.
  10. Smoothly does it: Try to drive as smoothly as possible and maintain a steady speed. Braking and then accelerating regularly will reduce the number of miles per litre the car can clock up. It's easier to drive smoothly. And also much safer. Aim to keep a gap of at least two seconds from the car in front of you.
  11. Give the car a break: Stuck in heavy traffic or waiting for passengers? Turn off the engine to avoid wasting fuel.
  12. Stay tuned: Have your car's engine tuned at a reputable local garage. This way you can make sure it's always running at the optimum fuel usage level.
  13. Check the oil: As well as maintaining the correct levels of oil, if you want to save money on fuel you should also check the type of oil used. Some energy-efficient types can increase the number of miles per litre.

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