The AA is now urging people to “cut out on shorter trips” and “walk or bike to save money” as fuel costs soar this week
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Drivers have been urged by the AA to limit “shorter car journeys” and “walk or bike to save money” as fuel prices continue to rise.
The average price of a liter of petrol at UK petrol stations hit a new record of 183.2p last Thursday, up 7.3p in just seven days, according to data company Experian.
This means the average cost of filling a typical 55-litre family car surpassed £100 for the first time on Wednesday.
And the average price for a liter of diesel on Thursday was also a record at 188.8 pence.
Analysis by the AA showed that trunk roads are losing £23m a day in potential consumer spending as private motorists spend more money on fuel.
AA President Edmund King said: “The high streets are already shaking with families making cuts in this livelihood crisis.
“With petrol costs soaring, shop tills are bleeding £23million a day to fill up. Worse yet, as the holiday season approaches, UK tourism will lose millions of pounds in potential visitor spending to higher petrol costs at service stations along the way.
“This is the worst week yet of pump pain for motorists. We would urge motorists right now to avoid shorter car journeys if they are able, and to walk or cycle to save money.
“Almost a fifth of AA members already do. But by changing your driving style, you can also save up to 15% on fuel costs.
“These crippling fuel costs are making themselves felt, so drivers must take every possible step to stay mobile.”
Meanwhile, RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said it “is becoming clearer by the day that further action needs to be taken by the government to ease the huge financial burden on drivers”.
He accused the Government of being “fixated on making sure retailers pass on the full 5p tariff cut in March”, claiming this ignores “the fact that wholesale fuel costs have absolutely skyrocketed since then”.
Mr Williams added: “A temporary reduction in VAT on fuel or a deeper tariff reduction is certainly what is needed now.”
Asked about the problem, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We’ve already made a cut… the biggest cut ever in fuel levies.
“What I want to see are these tax cuts that aren’t just gobbled up in one go without touching the fuel companies’ gullets, I want to see these cuts have an impact on the pumps.
“And we’re watching very closely what’s happening.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/fuel-prices-high-aa-urging-27205174 Fuel prices are so high that the AA is asking drivers to walk to save money