By Denna Bowman
Driver are using their cars less and ignoring problems with their vehicles – like unsafe tyres – to avoid rising motoring costs, according to a leading insurance company.
The results of the Admiral Survey of Motorists revealed that half of UK motorists say they have reduced the amount of driving they do due to the rising cost of fuel, while more than nine out of ten feel ripped off by the current price of petrol and diesel.
Admiral commissioned YouGov to survey 2,500 drivers as part of the annual Admiral Survey of Motorists. The results reveal the impact fuel prices are having on motorists, with 92% agreeing they feel ripped off by the current cost of fuel.
Sue Longthorn, Admiral managing director said: “With the average cost of a litre of unleaded at 1.36 pounds Sterling and diesel at 1.41 pounds, our research shows the depth of feeling British motorists have about the high cost of fuel right now. And it seems high fuel costs are actually affecting how much they drive, with 51% saying they’ve reduced the amount of driving they do.”
But it isn’t just the cost of fuel that’s affecting driving habits; other expenses are having an impact too with 18% of motorists admitting they have ignored a fault or problem with their car because of the cost of repairs.
While 15% said they have cut back or stopped servicing their car due to costs, and even more worrying, 8% said they have ignored problems with their tyres due to the cost of replacing them.
Sue Longthorn continued: “It’s a concern that some motorists are willing to drive around with tyres not in the very best of condition. This could cause more serious problems long term and could even cause them to have an accident.”