Drivers in Britain are now paying more than £100 to fill up their tank, as the cost of petrol has jumped by 5.5% in just two months.
Motorists using unleaded fuel have been hit hardest, with price increases of 7.3% a litre, according to analysis of fuel prices carried out by Santander.
Drivers clocking up 1,000 miles a month now spend £180 on petrol, almost £10 more than in January, said the credit card provider.
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The biggest increases have been seen in Paisley, Durham and Hereford, where motorists pay 9% more for unleaded fuel than in January.
Dumfries in Scotland tops the table of the most expensive place to buy fuel in the UK. Prices in the Scottish town average 145.9 a litre, costing owners of vehicles with 70–litre tanks more than £100 to fill up.
Drivers of large family cars Durham, England can also expect to pay over a wallet-busting £100 for a full tank.
On the other hand, Torquay is the least expensive place to buy fuel, at an average £95.13 for a 70-litre tank.
Even smaller cars, such as the Ford Focus, cost drivers an average £83.48 to fill.
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“With the cost of fuel expected to reach its highest level in the coming weeks, families and car commuters are likely to be the hardest hit once again,” said Alan Mathewson, from Santander.
“Aside from mortgage costs, households in the UK already spend more on transport than any other living cost, so further hikes may well push many family budgets over the edge. There are a number of small changes people can make to reduce these costs, such as car-pooling with colleagues, driving more economically or using public transport.”
Five most expensive towns to refuel:
Unleaded price per litre
Cost of 60 litre tank (e.g. Ford Focus)
Cost per 70 litre tank (e.g. Ford Galaxy)
Five least expensive towns to refuel: