Drivers cut back on miles to cut costs

Nearly two thirds of UK motorists are reducing their vehicle usage to cut fuel bills.

According to new research by BookMyGarage, 64% of UK motorists are driver less often than before as a result of the cost-of-living crisis.

The research also found that nearly half (49%) of the 2,113 motorists surveyed are driving more economically to save fuel, while over a quarter (28.4%) said they are putting off cosmetic repairs and 27.4% are also cleaning their car less frequently to save money.

Jessica Potts, head of marketing, said: “The impact of the financial situation in the UK is making itself felt when it comes to expenditure on car running and maintenance costs. For millions of families, fuel bills are a significant part of the monthly budget, and when petrol and diesel prices are still so high, cutting usage can make a real difference.

“Reducing annual milage by just 10% – or 1,000 miles – could save hundreds of pounds in fuel bills. We understand the strain many are under and while cutting fuel bills is a money saver, we wouldn’t recommend cutting corners on car maintenance as it can lead to bigger bills in the long term.

The analysis comes after BookMyGarage reported in December that one-in-three motorists say they are likely to delay or skip having their vehicle serviced in the next 12 months due to increasing financial pressures.