Drivers quit over motoring costs

More than three quarters (76%) of motorists have changed their driving habits in the past one year as a result of the rising cost of motoring, a new study has shown.

As many as 1.3 million people gave up driving altogether even as fuel costs went up 22% over the period, Sainsbury's said.

Fuel alone costs the average car owner £1,720.69 per year, the supermarket chain found.

The rising fuel costs are a massive blow to the motorists who are already struggling to meet other costs like taxes andcar insurance premiums.

Surging inflation and muted salary growth have prompted motorists to cut the cost of driving drastically.

More than a quarter (26%) of drivers are not filling their tanks fully any longer, even as 10% have opted for a cheaper model. While 45% drive less, a minority (7%) have started to car share.

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