Nearly a quarter of motorists are struggling to afford to run a car, according to used-car search website Motors.co.uk.
It discovered that more than eight in 10 (82%) motorists listed fuel costs as being the underlying reason why they are struggling run a car.
More than a third (38%) of the 2,000 drivers polled admitted that the cost of car insurance cover was their biggest worry, while nearly a fifth (19%) expressed more concern about road quality in the local area.
A quarter of motorists plan to cut back on the amount of money they spend on fuel, while more than a tenth (12%) of people plan to use public transport more to save money.
Phill Jones, commercial director of Motors.co.uk, said: "The evidence is clearly there to suggest that blithely resorting to a temporary freeze in fuel duty is simply not enough."
Copyright Press Association 2012