The cheapest place to buy petrol in the UK appears to be Yorkshire and the Humber, according to the Automobile Association (AA).
It found that petrol prices across the UK overall are now the cheapest they have been for three years. The AA said that in mid-March the average price of petrol in the UK was 129.46 pence a litre, which is a decrease of 6.5 per cent compared to a year ago when it was 138.42 pence per litre.
Northern Ireland was the area where petrol was found to be the most expensive, although the average cost had dropped below 130 pence per litre.
For diesel, the average price during this time was 136.59 pence per litre, which is the lowest level since July 2012.
London and the West Midlands were the areas where diesel was found to be cheapest as the price was approximately 136.3 pence per litre. Meanwhile, Scotland was found to be the most expensive area, with an average cost of 137.3 pence per litre.
While the decrease in fuel costs is likely to aid drivers somewhat, statistics from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) suggest that wages are not keeping up. Thanks to inflation, the OFT said, the two per cent increase in wages over the last four years is equivalent to an eight per cent drop. Additionally, it found that price variations in fuel only occur where there are several stations in one area, where competition is high.
However, drivers can try a number of methods to try to keep the cost of fuel down. One of the most important parts of vehicle maintenance in relation to fuel economy is to check tyre pressures.
Additionally, the type of tyres that a car has can have an effect of fuel economy as the material that they are made from can affect rolling resistance. It is worth visiting a dealer such as ATS Euromaster to find a set of fuel efficient tyres.
Posted by Written by Danielle Barge