The price differences across the country are quite alarming
According to new research, motorists in the UK are paying vastly different prices for their fuel, depending on whereabouts in the country they live, with some drivers spending around £220 per year more on filling up.
Prices at forecourts across Britain vary by up to 90p for one gallon of unleaded petrol.
The most costly place to fill up currently is in Acharacle, Argyll, where the average petrol price is 125.9, diesel (PPL) 125.1, whilst the cheapest place at the moment to top up the fuel tank is in Tilbury, Essex, whose fuel stations are offering much lower prices for both petrol and diesel – 103.9/104.5 respectively.
The annual average fuel costs for motorists living in Acharacle, Argyll is £1,302.25, compared to a much lower average for drivers in Tilbury in Essex, whose annual fuel spend is around £220 less at £1,074.73.
Second on the petrol price list for the highest prices in Britain is again in Argyll, in the village of Tighnabruaich, followed by Woolacombe, in Devon, Freshwater on the Isle of Wight and in fifth place, Benbecula in the Western Isles.
The other four cheapest places for fuel in Britain include Spennymoor in County Durham, Loanhead in Midlothian and Dukinfield in Greater Manchester, with Hornsea in East Yorkshire the fifth lowest.
The new research follows on from the average price increase, which has reached a two-year high of 117.9p per litre.
Many experts also believe that the price of unleaded will continue to rise, with some suggesting it could reach 130p at some point in the year.
The new research was carried out by the comparison website PetrolPrices.com, who found that fuel prices varied by more than 20p per litre between the cheapest and most expensive areas.
Many motorists are being left out of pocket due to the wide variation in prices throughout the country, which exist despite the Government’s seven annual fuel duty freezes.
“Our results show that when it comes to petrol, although Scotland has some of the most expensive prices, it can also have some of the cheapest,” said Jason Lloyd from the comparison website firm.
Jason also said that petrol stations have a tendency to charge more for fuel in areas where the average earnings are higher and according to Mr Lloyd, transport costs also come into play, plus the number of petrol stations in a particular area can help to bring prices down, as the forecourts compete against one another for custom.
Mr Lloyd believes that fuel prices across Britain will continue to rise in 2017 and forecasts prices to reach an average of somewhere between 120ppl (pence per litre) and 130ppl.
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