Average UK petrol prices have risen above £5 a gallon for the first time in 15 months, sending a chilling warning to drivers for 2010.
But making sure your tyres are properly inflated could help you get more miles out of a tank of fuel.
Lower tyres pressure increases the drag on a car meaning you need more fuel, so regularly check the pressures are correct and your car needs less oomph to keep it moving.
It is estimated that tyres underinflated by 10% will suffer a 2.5% rise in fuel consumption.
According to the latest report by the AA, the average pump price of petrol has risen to 110.04p a litre, with diesel now costing 111.77p. A year ago petrol cost 85.99p and diesel 98.06.
The extra 24.05p-a-litre cost of petrol has added £12.02 to the cost of a tank of petrol and a family with two petrol cars is now paying £52.15 more a month to keep them fuelled.
Of that 24p extra cost, 2.3p came with VAT returning to 17.5% at the start of the year and 4.51p from fuel duty + VAT increases in April and September.
Paul Watters, head of public affairs for the AA, said: “The return to 17.5% VAT on 1 January 2010 wasn’t evenly applied, with some supermarkets raising prices 2p a litre and others 3p depending on local competition.
“We were impressed that some independent petrol stations held their prices or undercut local supermarkets during the New Year holiday.”
Oliver Hall, Operations Team