Motorists look set to face record fuel bills in the run up to Christmas, according to the RAC.
Prices are expected to hit £1.10 a litre by mid-December, that’s £5 a gallon!
So if you want to save a bit of cash start checking your tyres to make sure they are in tip-top condition.
Properly inflated tyres can help you get more miles per gallon out of a tank of fuel.
The price hike is an increase of more than a quarter on last year, when petrol cost 87p a litre.
The rise also means filling up an average family car with unleaded would cost £60.50 – £12.15 more than a year earlier.
The UK’s 30million motorists must also prepare for more misery in the new year when a planned 2.5 per cent increase in VAT on January 1 will add another £1.50 to the cost of a tankful.
Motoring organisations predicted the high cost of fuel – blamed on oil costs and the weak pound – will curb people’s Christmas spending.
RAC spokesman John Franklin said: “The festive season is traditionally a very expensive time and this has been made worse by petrol prices rising by around 26 per cent from last year.
“With the £5-a-gallon mark likely to be hit before Christmas, many families are likely to think twice about visiting family and friends. It is a shame because it’s the festive period – but people may be holding back this year.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office