Older drivers priced off the road

The cost-of-living crisis will force more than half of older drivers to make fewer journeys and limit their own mobility.

This is according to a new survey by disability motoring website MotaClarity.

The poll of more than 1,000 drivers aged 50 and over found that 54% were considering placing self-imposed limits on their driving in order to save cash in the face of mounting household expenses.

Meanwhile, 39% of those questioned said that they were putting less fuel in their vehicle each time they visited the fuel station, and over two thirds (67%) said that fuel economy and running costs would be the number one issue when choosing their next car.

James Reeve, spokesperson at MotaClarity, said: “We have been hearing more and more from people who are genuinely concerned and fearful that they are going to have to cut themselves off from the world in order to save money as the cost-of-living rises. Having access to an affordable car can have a massive impact on a person’s quality of life and for people to now be cutting out even essential journeys because they can’t afford them is a real worry.

“This could have a serious effect on the mental health of a great many disabled and older people across the UK.”