BRITS are leaving the car at home because it is proving too expensive to fill up.
According to CarGurus, its survey found that 47% of drivers have reduced unnecessary trips, while 20% believe they are also cutting necessary ones.
Car owners in the UK drive an average of 17.8 fewer miles per week than before the fuel price hikes.
That’s the equivalent of removing 564 million miles of journeys, or 86,809 cars, from Britain’s roads.
The survey also found that almost a quarter of motorists would have bought a more fuel-efficient car if they had known fuel prices would rise so sharply.
57% of respondents said that fuel economy is the most important factor in purchasing decisions today.
This puts reliability in second place and road tax in third place among the most important elements when buying a car.
Electric cars have become increasingly popular with car buyers as a direct result higher fuel costs.
22% of respondents said they are now considering an EV due to petrol and diesel prices, while more than half are now considering a full EV ban.
Chris Knapman, Editor at CarGurus, said: “Recent increases in fuel prices are clearly having a significant impact on how UK drivers not only use their existing cars but also look for their next cars, with fuel economy believed to be the most important factor when on the road.” Market.”
CarGurus offered some too Practical tips to help drivers use less fuel and save money.
These include removing excess weight from your car, removing roof racks when not needed, and driving smoothly rather than accelerating and braking hard.
It has also warned that a car’s air conditioning affects fuel economy and should only be used as much as necessary to save fuel.
A car’s tire pressure is also crucial to ensuring it uses less fuel, so drivers are encouraged to check their car’s official pressure instructions and inflate them accordingly.
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