Car-commuters launch economy drive

Most people who drive to work are trying to save money as the cost of the average weekly commute tops £100, according to a survey by Auto Trader magazine.

They are switching to smaller cars, finding less congested routes, sharing lifts with colleagues - and even putting cooking oil in diesel to get more miles to the gallon.

The survey reports that running costs have increased over the last 12 months, with depreciation up by nearly three-quarters and car insurance by nearly 10%.

The average commute, based on an average journey of 17 miles to and from work, costs £35.55 a week in fuel. Depreciation (£61.21), car insurance (£9.21) and road tax (£2.79) make a weekly total of £108.84.

Auto Trader marketing director Matt Thompson said: "The motorist's wallet is getting pummelled from all angles these days. When you consider the rising cost of motoring and the new price rises for rail users, it is no surprise that in these tough economic times nearly 60% are considering downsizing their vehicles and changing the way they drive to save expenses."

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