Costs of motoring causing us to drive less than ever


According to the latest research, 60% of us are now using our cars less due to the ever increasing costs of motoring. The survey, conducted by Adrian Flux Insurance Services, a specialist insurance brokers, shows that many are being forced to use their car less after finding it hard to cope with the escalating costs of keeping a car in the road.

This news follows on from figures that were revealed in the 2010 Dept. of Transport’s National Travel Survey which revealed that drivers were making, on average, less trips per year and was now at the lowest level since the 70’s.

On average, drivers make 960 trips a year compared to 1,086 in 1997, a fall of 12 per cent, despite the number of households with access to a car increasing by 13 per cent between 1985 and 2010.

Some of the decrease in use of the family car is attributed to internet shopping, removing the need to visit out-of-town shopping centres, but the soaring price of petrol from an average of 78p per litre of unleaded in January 2001 to more than £1.42 in 2012 has left many motorists stranded.

Petrol prices have risen by 38 per cent since 2007, with diesel up 43 per cent over the same period, while car insurance premiums rose by an average of 16.4 per cent last year.

The higher motoring costs have hit customers at a time when consumers are being squeezed by the rising cost of living and static wages.

Gerry Bucke, general manager at Flux, said the survey of 1,000 motor insurance customers revealed that people were looking at ways to cut down the cost of running a car.

“Motorists are struggling to cope with the impact of high living costs which means they are choosing to make less journeys in order to make ends meet,” he said.

“With the average family having only £25 a week to spend on petrol after bills are met, it’s clear to see why journeys are being reduced and people are spending less time in their cars.

“Now, more than ever, it’s vital to make sure you save money where you can on your motoring costs, and shopping around for the best deal on your car insurance is one of the best ways to cut costs.”