Record fuel prices expected by the summer, warns AA

Britain will be hit by record high petrol prices within weeks in what's being described as 'dark days for motorists' by the AA and the RAC.

A blend of soaring oil prices and the Chancellor's staggered introduction of the crippling 3p per litre fuel duty rise will push the price of petrol up higher than ever before.

"It's now when, not if, petrol prices hit record levels," said Adrian Tink of the RAC.
On average in the south of England, fuel already costs about 10p more than it did at the start of the year, adding £5 to the cost of filling up the average 50-litre family car.

Over the Easter weekend, the average price of unleaded hit 119.5 pence per litre, only just shy of the record high 119.7p recorded in July 2008. That figure is expected to be smashed within weeks.

Petrol station forecourts within a 20-mile radius of Reading, Southampton and Guilford have already gone through the record high barrier.

It's another blow to cash-strapped motorists, and comes as the AA released a survey showing that 67 percent of its members are having to make drastic lifestyle changes to cope with the rising cost of petrol.

AA president Edmund King said drivers trying to get to work are "having to siphon money from other family spending to compensate".
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