Fuel prices ‘force drivers off the road’

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fuel pricesDriving is an essential part of everyday life for most families.

But as the cost of motoring continues to rise, a new study shows that almost half of us are trying to reduce the amount of time we spend on the road.

Fuel is the biggest worry for motorists, according to the study.

Almost a third of people said they had either reduced their fuel spending or tried to shop around for cheaper petrol.

Many others said they planned to drive more slowly to increase their fuel efficiency.

Other costs putting pressure on household budgets include the rising cost of car insurance, the state of the roads and uninsured drivers.

When asked what changes they would like to see on the UK's roads, most drivers said they favoured a reduction in fuel tax.

Others said they would like to see tougher laws on uninsured drivers and greater investment in the roads.

Post Office Car Insurance surveyed 2,414 drivers for the poll.

Gerry Barrett, head of insurance at the Post Office, said: "For many drivers, their car is their lifeline and many people rely on their car every day.

"With approximately 405 trips made by every driver each year and with the cost of fuel jumping 52% in the last five years, it is not surprising that motorists are becoming increasingly worried about rising fuel prices and the general cost of running their car."

If you've been affected by the rise in fuel prices, check out this guide on how to pay less for petrol.