Half of drivers making fewer journeys due to cost

Rising motoring costs are causing almost half of drivers to make fewer journeys, according to a new survey.

Forty-six per cent are not venturing out as often in their cars, the poll by Post Office Car Insurance found. Some 31 per cent have also cut back on the amount spent on fuel or have shopped around for cheaper petrol.

Based on responses from 2,414 drivers, the poll showed that the top concern for motorists was rising fuel prices.

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Gerry Barrett, head of insurance at Post Office, said: “With approximately 405 trips made by every driver each year, and with the cost of fuel jumping 52 per cent in the past five years, it is not surprising that motorists are becoming increasingly worried about rising fuel prices.”