Petrol pump filling nozzles. Fuel at gas stations continue to rise.

The annual cost of filling your car has increased by 17pc in the past year, as fuel prices reach new record highs, writes Trish Whelan.

AA Ireland also notes that fuel prices are at their highest since they started recording figures in 1991. The national average price of fuel currently stands at 177.3 cents per litre for petrol and 167.6 cents per litre for diesel, an increase of 33pc for petrol and 34pc for diesel in the past year.

In February 2021, fuel prices were 133.8 cents per litre for petrol with diesel at 124.9 cents per litre. In February 2020, petrol stood at 141.9c and diesel at 133.4 cents.

A recent AA Ireland Twitter poll (501 votes in 24 hours) found that 84pc of people have been ‘significantly impacted’ by the high cost of fuel in Ireland.