Fuel prices have hit the highest UK average since December last year, and have risen by 10p since the beginning of August, Louise Thomas, Confused.com motor insurance expert, comments: “As we get closer to the winter months, living costs will increase further as energy bills rise and many spend more to heat their homes.

"Along with this, motoring costs also continue to be a great challenge, and fuel prices are no exception. Our research reveals that nearly 1 in 3 (31%) drivers have seen their fuel costs increase between £25 and £50 per month in the last year. And as fuel prices are now reaching some of the highest figures this year, many will want to find make their tank last longer.

“Making changes to the way you drive can reduce the amount of fuel you use. This could also reduce the amount you need to top up and save you money in the long run.

For example, you could consider:

• Removing excess weight from the vehicle

• Making sure your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure

• Going easy on the accelerator

• Keeping windows closed

• Avoiding idling

• Shopping around for fuel

“When it comes to buying fuel, it can be confusing knowing the cheapest options around between varying retailers. Our fuel price finder lets you search for the best prices in your area, helping you pick out the cheapest pumps.”