Article date: 13 August 2008
New RAC research has found motorists fork out an extra £5.50 filling up tanks at motorway services compared to off-motorway supermarkets.*
The RAC findings show motorway fuel prices currently average 10p more per litre than supermarket forecourts located just off motorways.**
RAC is calling for more service stations to consider the financial pressures that UK drivers are already facing.
RAC spokesperson, Louise Zucchi, explains: "Drivers are getting a raw deal. Most service stations have the infrastructure and buying power of supermarkets like Asda - which led the recent price cuts at the supermarket pumps and has now introduced a fuel pricing policy - but they don't seem to be using that commercial strength to help motorists.
"We hope motorway service station operators will consider what more they could do to ease the pain at the pumps.
"Meanwhile, as we hit the peak summer holiday driving season, and with fuel prices at current levels, every penny counts. By spending a couple of extra minutes to come off motorways, drivers really can be quids in by taking advantage of significant fuel savings."
RAC Press office contact:
Jon Day 01603 681914/ 07800 690555, Melanie Corbett on 0207 908 6445 /Amy Funston on 0207 908 6433/ Louis Blake on 020 7 908 6523
Notes to editors:
* Figures are based on an average fuel tank of 55 litres and based on an average petrol price of £1.119 at supermarkets and £1.219 at motorway service stations, and an average diesel price of £1.246 at supermarkets and £1.349 at motorway service stations
** Figures are based on research carried out on 06.08.08 on seven motorway services and four off-road supemarkets between junctions 2 and 21 of the M1
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