SOARING fuel costs are affecting three quarters of drivers and more than half are cutting back on their car journeys, says the AA.
The AA Populus panel interviewed more than 15,000 members to find out what effect fuel prices at the pump were having and the impact this was having on households and the economy at large.
The survey also found that drivers over 55 were most likely to have made a conscious decision to travel less by car because of rising fuel costs and by contrast younger drivers were most likely to have cut back on other areas.
Nearly half of people questioned have cut back on eating out and one in ten on car servicing.
Edmund King, the president of the AA said the high prices were resulting in people running out of petrol more often with calls to the AA jumping 11%.
“Our 3,000 patrols are reporting that the roads are quieter and that drivers are conserving precious fuel by sticking to the speed limits.”