Fuel prices are constantly fluctuating and despite price dipping towards the end of 2018 they are beginning to creep up again.
Recent research also revealed that British drivers are being exploited by oil companies by around £2billion a year.
The reason for this was due to lower wholesale petrol prices not being passed on to drivers. It is estimated that since January 2015 motorists have been charged an extra £208.
Currently, the average cost of filling up a 55-litre family car with unleaded petrol now stands at £69.74 and diesel costs £73.10, according to new RAC data.
Average petrol prices now cost drivers £1.267 a litre and diesel at £1.329. As these prices increase it is more important than ever for motorists to shop around to try and find the best deal.
Just by using simple techniques drivers could save an average of £226 on petrol or £158 on diesel every year by looking around for the best petrol station.
Of the petrol stations on the road, the worst value is unsurprisingly motorway service stations as there is no competition.
Thankfully, for drivers shopping around for the best fuel deal is as easy as finding cheaper car insurance.
Websites and smartphone apps, such as PetrolPrices and SimpleMotoring, can find the best deal for you just be inputting your details.
RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams says: “There is no reason why you cannot slice at least 3p a litre off this figure by hunting down a better deal.
“But in remote areas it may be necessary to accept paying extra for convenience.
“The cost of driving to a cheaper deal could easily be wiped out if you have to drive miles for any savings.”
Some drivers face paying significantly more than others for their fuel. For example, Kinlochewe filling station in the Highlands, a remote petrol pump, was charging £1.339 a litre for petrol and £1.369 for diesel.
Kitty Bates, of PetrolPrices, says: “Petrol pump prices vary massively.
“Motorists can easily save themselves £200 a year by finding a better value station near where they live or work.
“You may be surprised and discover petrol stations you never even knew existed that are close to where you are.”