Drivers were given some pre-Christmas cheer yesterday when supermarkets announced fuel price cuts.

First, Asda said that from today it was cutting 1p a litre off petrol and 2p a litre off diesel.

Asda said motorists would pay no more than 128.7p a litre for petrol and no more than 135.7p a litre for diesel.

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Then Sainsbury's said that, also from tomorrow, it was "dropping petrol by 1p per litre and diesel by up to 2p per litre".

RAC technical director David Bizley said: "It really is starting to look like Christmas. Not only have we persuaded the Chancellor to scrap January's 3p-a-litre fuel duty increase, but now supermarkets are making festive travel more affordable.

"An RAC poll found that three-quarters (77%) of people plan to drive an average of 260 miles to visit friends or family this Christmas. So this is good news for them."