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UK holidaymakers face higher fuel costs abroad this summer

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UK holidaymakers who intend to drive abroad this summer can expect to face significantly higher fuel prices in Europe than last year.

Furthermore, greater costs in favourite destinations like France and Spain - where 55 per cent and 42 per cent of British adults respectively reported having driven before - are expected to hit motorists hardest, Post Office Travel Money has said.

The report found the pound's slump in value against the euro to be responsible, with local pump prices typically lower than in 2012. Over 50 per cent of countries surveyed were offering unleaded petrol at lower prices than last year, while more than 80 per cent offered cheaper diesel.

In Spain, where the effects of the poor exchange rate will be felt most, UK motorists should anticipate spending 7.4 per cent more on fuel than they did last summer. While it remains the fifth cheapest country in the eurozone for petrol and diesel, average fuel costs will rise by £13.32 for each 1,000 miles.

Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money said: "It may not make sense for holidaymakers to plan big detours just [to] a save a few pounds, but the higher price of motoring on the continent this year means they should plan their routes carefully."ADNFCR-2576-ID-801584237-ADNFCR

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