Fuel costs rise may decline car use

Many motorists could seek alternative means of transport or change their driving habits if the cost of fuel rises further in the future, a new study by British Car Auctions (BCA) suggests.

According to the company's latest Used Car Market Report, 50% of the motorists who participated in the survey have revealed they would work on their driving styles or change to a fuel-efficient car.

Many drivers have also considered keeping their cars for longer time and driving less.

In order to decrease motoring costs, around a fifth of the 4,000 respondents switched cars and altered driving habits when fuel prices hit £1.30 a litre, with another 15% saying that they would follow suit if prices rose to £1.50 a litre.

Nearly 40% of motorists said they would reduce fuel duty if they were in control of the Government's transport and motoring policies.

Tim Naylor of BCA said: "With fuel prices expected to keep on climbing, we anticipate the current motoring trends to continue. For instance, the number of two-car households has fallen by 5% in the last 12 months, as people look at ways to save."

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