A new study has revealed that British motorists face a postcode lottery when they are filling up with petrol, with some paying £250 extra each year.
The survey by Santander Credit Cards found that small variations on fuel prices can quickly add up, especially for drivers who clock up the milage.
The Daily Mail
reports that the Shetland Islands is the most expensive place to fill the tank, with average prices at 145.9p per litre. The cheapest prices are at Grampian, Scotland, where petrol costs 129.7p per litre. Over a year, this adds up to difference of £253 per year less, when filling up a family care travelling 12,000 miles.
Alan Mathewson of Santander Cards said: "These seemingly small variations in fuel prices can have a significant impact on overall spending, particularly for drivers who clock up the miles.
"While it's important to keep an eye on pump prices, shopping around isn't always feasible."
To make matters worsel Bloomberg's Gas Price Ranking, which looks at average petrol prices in 60 countries, found that Britain is the tenth most expensive place in the world to fill a petrol tank, with motorists paying more than double the amount of American drivers.
Click on the image below for some low cost accommodation for August bank holiday weekend...
- A hay loft in the Lake District
This cute picturesque property is part of a converted 17 century barn. With one bedroom, it sleeps two people and costs £<span style="line-height: 17px; font-size: 10pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; ">90<span style="color: black; "> per </span>night over the August bank holiday weekend. With a three acre wildlife garden, including barbecues, wildlife pond, herb garden and meditation garden. Visit <a href="http:// http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g186322-d2108187-The_Hayloft-Cockermouth_Lake_District_Cumbria_England.html#vrDescription" target="_blank">Tripadvisor </a>for more.</span></p>
- A converted stable in Dorset
This cosy cottage in Sherborne has one bedroom, sleeps two and costs £60 per night over the August bank holiday weekend. <a href="http:// http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g186265-d1921332-The_Stables_at_Clare_Cottage-Sherborne_Dorset_England.html" target="_blank">The Stables at Clare Cottage</a> is close to some of the area’s best Gastro Pubs, breathtaking country and coastal walks and beautiful villages.</p>
- A stone cottage in North Wales
This <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g186439-d2145147-Large_2_bedroom_stone_cottage_2m_from_Llangollen-Llangollen_Denbighshire_North_Wales_Wales.html" target="_blank">traditional cottage in Llangollen</a> is a charming little place with wooden beams. With two bedrooms, it sleeps up to eight and costs £110 per night over the bank holiday weekend - which means it's just £14 per night at full occupancy.Situated on the Horseshoe Pass, the property is wonderfully located offering privacy and seclusion, while remaining close to some of North Wales great attractions.</p>
- A sprawling house in the Isle of Wight
<a href="http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g503888-d2215159-Little_Orchard-Cowes_Isle_of_Wight_England.html#photos " target="_blank">Little Orchard</a> is an art deco-style detached house with rambling gardens. Its sleeps up to 14 in six bedrooms and costs £550 per night over the bank holiday weekend (which works out at £39 per person at full occupancy). Expansive, nicely decorated and within easy walking distance of Cowes Esplanade, seafront and the beach at the Royal Yacht Squadron, this is perfect for large groups.</p>
- A town house in Brighton
<a href="http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g186273-d2097280-Dean_Street_Townhouse_stunning_3_bed_property-Brighton_East_Sussex_England.html#map" target="_blank">Dean Street Townhouse</a> is stylish and centrally located Brighton townhouse has three bedrooms, sleeps ten people and costs £495 per night during the August bank holiday weekend. Newly-decorated with a private courtyard, the property is well-located for a weekend in Brighton with many bars, restaurants and shops nearby.</p>
- A huge house in the Peak District
With 11 bedrooms, <a href="http:// http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Search?q=Cliff+house%2C+bakewell&sub-search=SEARCH&geo=&returnTo=http%253A__2F____2F__www__2E__tripadvisor__2E__co__2E__uk__2F__" target="_blank">Cliff House</a> sleeps 26 and enjoys an enviable Peak District location with 360 degree views of the area and excellent walks nearby. This beautiful house is just a short walk to the pretty villages of Great Longstone, Little Longstone and Ashford in the Water.</p>
- A converted barn in Somerset
<a href="http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g652382-d2223425-Red_Tiles-Shepton_Mallet_Somerset_England.html" target="_blank">Red Tiles</a> has two bedrooms, sleeps four and costs under £50 per person per night over the August bank holiday. The barn, with its red tiled roof, lies about one mile from Evercreech, on the outskirts of the farming hamlet of Stoney Stratton. The area is truly rural, with rolling hills and rich pasture all around. There are many local footpaths and lovely walks can be managed right from the doorstep.</p>
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- A thatched cottage in the Cotswolds
<a href="http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g187068-d3269214-Letter_Box_Cottage-Chipping_Campden_Cotswolds_Gloucestershire_England.html" target="_blank">Letter Box Cottage</a> in Chipping Campden is a quaint cottage with two bedrooms. It sleeps four and costs £110 per night over the August bank holiday weekend (£28 per person at full occupancy). The property, boasting lovely original features, has a beautiful rose garden and is a well-located base from which to explore the Cotswolds.</p>
- A fisherman's cottage in the Scottish Highlands
Beautifully located, <a href="http:// http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g2137533-d1902451-Margaret_Street_Cottage-Avoch_Scottish_Highlands_Scotland.html#vrDescription" target="_blank">Margaret Street Cottage </a>cottage sleeps four and costs £105 per night over the August bank holiday weekend (£26 per person). Situated in the village of Avoch, on the Black Isle on the shores of the inner Moray Firth, this traditional fisherman's cottage retains much of its late 19th century character and is fully modernised to a high standard.</p>
- A pad with a view in West Yorkshire
Nestled within a two acre garden and with Pennine views, this cottage has two bedrooms, sleeps four and costs £80 per night over the August bank holiday weekend. <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g190786-d1455532-Cherry_Tree_Cottages_Pennine_Yorkshire_Halifax_UK-Halifax_West_Yorkshire_England.html#reviews" target="_blank">Cherry Tree cottage</a> offers beautiful views from the bedrooms and living rooms and larger groups can opt to also hire out the adjacent Heather Bank cottage. </p>