Plans for another fuel rise hits the pocket even harder
By Trucks79 | Sunday, March 25, 2012, 10:05
According to the AA the average price for unleaded petrol now stands above 140 pence per litre and the cost of diesel per litre now stands at an all-time record high. Yet with another price increase due in the coming months just about every motorist is asking the question why are the prices still increasing?.
Latest figures released by the AA estimates that the rise has added £8.44 to the monthly running costs of an average car consuming 106.17 litres of petrol per month.
But following the outcome of the budget and the Chancellor announcing that the price increase will still go-ahead motorists have no option but to look at ways to further adjust their personal budget.
Local resident and motorist of more than 30 years Derek Wrenn said "I fail to understand what this government is trying to do to us, I have a budget of around £20.00 per week for fuel but over the past year or two I have found myself having to make further cut backs so that I can put more fuel in"
David Bizley from RAC motoring services, said: "Just days after the Chancellor refused to cancel the planned August rise, prices have now hit another painful barrier for Britain's hard-pressed motorists.
"A figure of 140p-a-litre is a massive price for people to have to pay and there is no end in sight to rising prices.
"The way things are going the planned duty rise will see average petrol prices hit the £1.50-a-litre mark - forcing more and more people who need their cars off the road."
However it is also feared that with some motorists cutting back on essential vehicle maintenance in order to cover the rising costs of fuel UK roads will become death traps with many vehicles becoming unsuitable or illegal to be on our roads.
Keith Miller, AA patrol of the year warned motorists "Don't put off filling up as fuel gauges aren't always accurate and the last thing you want is to be running on vapors and risk cutting out in a dangerous position.
"When the low fuel light comes on, you typically have around a gallon of fuel left, which might get you say around 30 miles but don't rely on this as the gauge is just an indication. If you run out and don't have breakdown cover, it could cost you more than £150 to get recovered off the motorway.
"Also, on some diesels, if you run out it's not just as simple as topping up as the fuel lines need to be primed to remove air from the fuel lines."