‘Fuel more pricey than weekly food shop’

fuel prices

fuel pricesFor months and months now fuel prices have been a headache for families, and now a new survey has revealed some are spending more filling up their cars than on their weekly food shopping.

According to the AA, the cost of filling up a 50-litre family car is around a mammoth £71.24.

This is slightly more than the £70.10 spent by an average household with two children on food and non-alcoholic drinks per week.

And things have got considerably worse for families over the past few months. For a family with two cars, it is now £22 more expensive to top up with petrol than it was at the beginning of the year.

The problem was compounded by the panic-buying of fuel which swept across the nation last month, amid fears fuel tanker drivers would strike.

"Panic buying in March forced some cash-strapped families to spend far more on fuel than their budgets could bear," said AA president Edmund King.

Prices hit a new high this week. Petrol costs 142.48p per litre, while diesel costs 147.88p per litre.

To help cut your car costs try these simple tricks and tips that can shave off some of the cost of running a car.