Fuel prices continue to rise after cost of filling car hits £100

Prices at the pumps reached a new record of 183.2p for petrol and 188.8p for diesel.

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Fuel: Prices continue to rise at the pumps amid cost of living crisis.

Fuel prices have continued to rise, days after the cost of filling a family car exceeded £100 for the first time. 

On Thursday, the average price of a litre of petrol at UK forecourts reached a new record of 183.2p, rising 0.9p from the previous day according to data firm Experian.

The average price of a litre of diesel on Thursday also hit a record high at 188.8p.

It comes as analysis by the AA suggested high streets are losing out on £23m a day in potential customer spending due to the rising costs of petrol. 

Reflecting on rising fuel prices, AA president Edmund King said: “High streets are already reeling from families cutting back in this cost-of-living crisis.

“With soaring petrol costs, shop tills are haemorrhaging £23m a day to fuel.

“Worse still, as the holiday season approaches, UK tourism will see millions of pounds of potential spending by visitors lost to higher petrol costs at forecourts along the way.

“This is the worst week of pump pain so far for drivers.

“We would urge drivers at the moment to cut out shorter car journeys if they are able to do so and walk or cycle to save money. Almost one-fifth of AA members are already doing this.

“But by changing your driving style you can also save up to 15% on fuel costs. These crippling fuel costs are hitting home, so drivers need to take all the steps they can to stay mobile.”

Meanwhile the RAC claimed it is “becoming clearer by the day that the Government must take further action” on pump prices.

AC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said it was “another day and another round of fuel price records”.

He continued: “Unbelievably the average cost of a litre of petrol has gone up by more than 7p in just a week to 183.16p, and diesel by 4.5p to 188.82p.

“Other price records have also unfortunately been set this morning, with the average cost of a litre of diesel at a motorway services passing the £2 mark for the first time ever (200.99p).

“Petrol at the motorway is also at another record of 197.18p.

“It’s becoming clearer by the day that the Government must take further action to reduce the enormous financial burden on drivers.”