Nearly half (48%) of UK adults say they are using less motor fuel than a year ago, and 45% report using less than a month ago, as forecourt prices continue to soar, according to an Aviva survey1.
The price of motor fuel has increased by 32.8% over the past 12 months2, and with the cost of filling an average family car now more than £1003, drivers have revealed the actions they are taking to reduce their fuel bills.
A survey by the insurer asked people what steps, if any, they were taking to reduce their fuel usage, finding only 16% of respondents are taking no action.
|Are you or anyone in your household doing any of the following to reduce the amount of fuel used when driving?||Percentage of UK adults|
|Using your vehicle for essential journeys only||44%|
|Walking instead of driving||39%|
|Putting less fuel in your car||26%|
|Driving at a lower speed||22%|
|Accelerating / braking more gradually||18%|
|Using public transport instead of your own vehicle||16%|
|I / we are not doing anything to use less motor fuel||16%|
|Working from home more often to avoid spending money on commuting||13%|
|Using a bicycle instead of driving||10%|
|Car-sharing with other people||8%|
|Swapping a petrol or diesel vehicle for a hybrid or electric vehicle||6%|
|Reducing the number of vehicles for your household||6%|
Nearly half (44%) say they are using their vehicles for essential journeys only, while 39% say they are walking on occasion rather than driving.
Others reveal how they are using public transport instead of their own vehicle (16%), while 10% say they are riding a bicycle and 8% report car-sharing with others.
Some (13%) say they have been working from home more often to avoid spending money on commuting.
The research also gives an insight into how motorists are trying to save money when they do need to use their vehicles, with just over a quarter (26%) saying they are putting less fuel in their tank at the pumps.
Nearly a quarter (22%) say they are driving at lower speeds and 18% report accelerating and braking more gradually to save fuel.
Matthew Washer, Head of Connected Motor at Aviva, says: “The survey results give a fascinating insight into how people are changing their driving behaviour.
“They also correspond with our own driving data relating to Aviva customers, which reveals a visible improvement in smooth driving between March and May 2022, compared to the same period in 2021 and 2020.
“As fuel prices reach an all-time high, drivers can take some comfort from the fact that by driving more smoothly and attentively, they will not only be saving fuel and money, but helping to make the roads safer and reducing their impact on the environment.”
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