Petrol prices are creeping up again, and it doesn't look like we'll be seeing the price drop below a quid again, any time soon. With the price of oil getting to $40 (that'd be American dollars), the price increase will be passed on to motorists.
Simon Williams from the RAC has said: "The good times for motorists enjoying lower fuel prices had to come to an end at some point, but unfortunately it's happened with a bit more of a bump than motorists were probably expecting."
"It looks as though we are heading towards a new norm of the oil price fluctuating between lower and upper limits of 35 US dollars and 55 US dollars a barrel."
"This means that motorists should hopefully not see the eye-watering prices they were paying at the pumps in April 2012 when the average price of petrol was 142p and diesel was close to 150p per litre."
There are ways to try and shave some pennies off the price you pay at the forecourts however, if you use your noggin.
Buy Fuel Where There's A Lot Of Petrol Stations
Basic commerce this - wherever there's a lot of competition, prices will be fought over. So, if you're near an area where there's a few petrol stations to choose from, have a look at what they're offering there. Town and city centres are likely to be more competitive than the lone station in a village.
Fill Your Tank At A Big Petrol Station
Thanks to massive companies with enormous stations being able to buy in bulk, that means they're more likely to have wiggle room when deciding their prices. Big companies can get better deals when buying wholesale, so they should really be passing their savings on to their customers.
You can use a website like PetrolPrices.com to compare prices in your area.
Get Fuel From A Busy Station
If you fill your vehicle up at a petrol station that is really busy, that means that these forecourts are buying in more fuel, which should mean that they can be competitive with their price. As they're likely to be taking constant deliveries, that means they are constantly changing their price.
Keep An Eye On The Supermarkets
Supermarkets are the neediest companies in Britain, and are constantly vying for your attention. One of the ways they do this is by trying to lure you in with cheaper fuel. Remember, if they're hoping you'll do your shopping with them so they can make their money back on petrol price drops, you don't have to step foot in their shop at all. Sod 'em.
Avoid The Rip-Off Merchants
Motorway services and airports are going to have the most expensive fuel. So too are rural, affluent areas. If you can avoid these places, all the better. If there's a working class town 5 minutes away from some posh place, the working class area will have cheaper fuel.