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Drivers cut back as fuel prices remain high

Drivers cut back as fuel prices remain high Image

Motorists are clocking up 38 fewer miles and spending an hour and 26 minutes less behind the wheel in response to escalating fuel prices, according to a new report.

New research claims that British drivers have sacrificed weekend trips to become a nation of gardeners or internet shoppers in the wake of increasing financial pressures, such as high prices at the pumps.

Nearly half (41%) of motorists questioned said they had swapped the car for a walk or cycle to the shops for groceries, while drivers are making 14% fewer trips to the supermarket.

More than 1,300 drivers responded as part of a Halfords study, which asked motorists to keep track of their driving habits over a four-week period.

The survey showed that the majority (92%) were making conscious efforts to save fuel by accelerating more slowly and braking more gently, while 12% admitted they had asked employers if they could work from home to cut back on travel costs.

Halfords Autocentres' Rory Carlin said: "It is important to remember that servicing a car at intervals recommended by the manufacturer can actually save you money in the long run because this will help the vehicle function."

published: 11/06/2012 17:00:01

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