By Denna Bowman
British motorists are being forced off the road as motoring costs soar to record heights, according to an investigation in the Sunday Mirror.
The price of replacing worn tyres has doubled in two year, which the cost of a litre of unleaded fuel has gone up by 50 per cent the report claims.
The Sunday newspaper report states: “While nine out of ten of us cannot imagine life without our cars, we are now considering selling them because of the rising expense.
“With record fuel, insurance and other costs, cash-strapped families now spend an average of £6,721 a year on driving – an increase of £866 in just two years.”
In a breakdown of motoring costs it reports that the annual spend for a small family car when it comes to tyres was £78 in 2009, which rose slightly to £81 in 2010 and soared to £165 in 2011 – up 105 per cent on last year (source The AA).
The article continues: “Even something as ordinary as replacing a worn tyre has more than DOUBLED in cost over the past two years. Breakdown cover has rocketed by 20 per cent and insurance premiums have also doubled.”