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RAC publishes 2012 Report on Motoring

18 Jun 2012 at 11:45

The 2012 RAC Report on Motoring is now out, and it reveals how the modern motorist faces increased driving costs. Fuel prices, car insurance costs, servicing and road tax are all issues facing drivers budgeting for their yearly cost of motoring.

The Report on Motoring is published annually by the RAC and is widely considered to be a telling barometer of motoring issues and agendas. This year’s report, with a forward by former F1 driver Eddie Irvine, is no different – particularly given the challenges of the economy in 2012.

Download the full report at: www.rac.co.uk/advice/report-on-motoring/

Today, the fiscal impact of driving is still the most important issue for motorists across the UK, so much so that there’s a growing trend emerging in people cutting down on the use of their cars to save money on transport.

While this might mitigate the inflated cost of running a car and produce a positive impact on the environment, there’s a huge social impact to consider, as the report discusses.

There is a distinct rural-urban divide in this process, too. Car owners living in the country are more dependent on their cars than ever before. While people living in towns and cities can utilise public transport or often walk, motorists living in the countryside find it very difficult to live without a motor vehicle.

As a result, suggests the Report, there’s little impetus from the motorist to support any form of investment in public transport as we rely more heavily on our cars to get about.

In fact, despite high costs, we’re more dependent on our cars than ever before, making pothole repairs and general road maintenance a high priority on many drivers’ agendas. It seems we want better public transport to give us some financial relief from running a vehicle, but we’re not prepared to let go as a nation just yet.

With the increasingly busy pace of life, the ever present issue of road safety has become even more of an issue. While technology in the motor car and advances in preventative and protective measures mean we might be safer than ever in our vehicles, it’s modifying people’s behaviour into taking more risks behind the wheel.

There’s been continued interest in the move towards a higher national motorway speed limit in the UK over the past 12 months. We’re all interested in saving fuel with engine downsizing and eco-driving tips at the forefront of our minds, so why would we want the speed limit to increase?

Driving faster uses more fuel, is potentially less safe and, depending on traffic, means you might not arrive at your destination any quicker than if you were to make the same journey today. It’s a contentious point, as the Report discusses, and one that should be tested only on appropriate sections of carriageway.

It seems as though the attitude of the 30 million motorists in the UK towards driving is undergoing pronounced change. However, we’re not completely ready to let go of the car just yet.

For all the in-depth findings of this year’s 2012 RAC Report on Motoring, check out the study here: www.rac.co.uk/advice/report-on-motoring/