MOTORISTS across the UK are struggling to find cheap fuel at the pumps.

Wholesale prices have risen in recent months partly due to the war in Ukraine, which are being passed onto consumers.

You can always shop around to find the best price nearby and it's always worth a look at comparing prices.

But even so, the cost of unleaded petrol stood at 175p a litre in recent weeks.

That's around 30p more expensive compared to the same time last year.

And the high prices are adding to the pressure households are already facing from rising energy bills and the increased cost of living.

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But motorists will find that many of the cheapest prices can be spotted on the supermarket forecourts.

Brands such as Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons look to tempt drivers to fill up as they shop.

They've even run promotions in the past to get shoppers to pick up the pumps – Morrisons offered customers 7p off every litre of fuel if they spent £40 in store, earlier this year.

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Where to find UK’s cheapest petrol and diesel?

You don't have to drive around aimlessly looking for the cheapest deals on petrol – there are a range of websites and apps that will tell you nearby fuel prices based on where you live.

Fleet News and Allstar lets you to check petrol prices across the counties so you can see how your region compares to the UK average.

The PetrolPrices app and website lets you check prices from more than 8,000 forecourts near you and using data provided by the public.

Comparison website Confused.com also has a petrol prices checker that lets registered users find petrol prices within a five, 10 or 25mile radius.

How to check fuel prices near me?

The Sun used Confused.com's petrol price comparison to look at petrol prices in six of the most populated postcode areas of the UK.

They include: Croydon, Leicester, Waltham Forest, Brighton, Brent, and Coventry.

Supermarket forecourts in the areas regularly rank as the cheapest places for petrol too.

In some cases there can be differences of around 4p per litre between petrol stations within a few miles of each other.

That may not sound like a lot but if you filled a 50litre tank each week it would amount to a difference of £2, and £96 a year.

Here are the cheapest petrol prices we found in the highly populated postcodes.

Croydon

A litre of unleaded petrol within central Croydon costed 168.9p as of August 17.

That was at a Tesco Express forecourt.

And a litre of diesel was just 180.9p per litre.

Leicester

The cheapest litre of unleaded petrol in central Leicester was 161.9p, which you could buy at a Tesco Express forecourt.

A litre of diesel in the same area was 177.9p.

Waltham Forest

In the London area of Waltham Forest, as of August 17, the cheapest litre of petrol was at a Tesco Extra for 165.9p.

The same amount of diesel was worth 177.9p.

Brighton

A litre of diesel in central Brighton would set you back 181.9p as of August 18.

And a litre of unleaded petrol was worth 169.9p.

Brent

In Brent, London, a litre of unleaded costed 167.7p as of August 17.

A litre of diesel was 177.7p.

Coventry

In the centre of Coventry, a litre of unleaded petrol costed 168.9p, while a litre of diesel was 180p.

These were based on August 16 and 17 dates respectively.

Of course, one thing to bear in mind is that a lot of the prices are based on prices around a week ago, so these might be different now.

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