Mileage falls as fuel costs rise
Nearly 14 million UK motorists have pledged to drive more economically as a direct result of high fuel costs, according to recent research from Green Flag breakdown service, which polled over 2,000 motorists.
More than a third (39 per cent) of all motorists will avoid behaviours like heavy acceleration and sudden braking to help minimise their fuel consumption, which could also help to make Britain’s roads a safer place to drive.
The research reveals motorists are making significant changes to their driving behaviours, with 41 per cent (14 million) cutting back on the number of journeys they make and 11 per cent (3.8 million) making better use of public transport.
Eight per cent (2.6 million) of motorists say they have even traded in their old car for something more economical, highlighting the lengths British drivers are prepared to go to minimise their spending on fuel.
Miranda Schunke, spokesperson for Green Flag, said: “There’s no doubt that the current price, and predicted increase of the cost of fuel in the UK is forcing many people to rethink their driving behaviours. Taking the pedal off the metal will not only save motorists money, but will also make roads safer as drivers avoid racing away from junctions. Millions of motorists have vowed to be more economical and the knock-on effect of this is safer roads and reduced emissions so there is a silver lining”.