The average car owner in Northumberland could face an annual rise of almost £250 in the cost of petrol as living costs mount.

The AA said soaring prices, which have topped more than 200 pence per litre at some forecourts, have seen some motorists swap their fuel-powered cars for electric alternatives, while others on lower incomes have had to sell their cars entirely.

On average, the cost of a litre of petrol in Northumberland stood at £1.84 over the four days to June 14, according to figures from – up 41% from £1.30 over a week in early June last year.

At current prices in Northumberland, drivers spend an average of £826 on filling up a petrol car over the year – up from £584 based on prices in June last year.

Diesel drivers doing the same mileage would see their costs rise by 38%, from £516 to £713.