We all know running a car can be costly, but new research has found one in three UK drivers have been forced to cut back on their weekly grocery shop in order to finance their vehicle during the current recession.
Spiralling fuel costs, sky-high insurance premiums and costly vehicle maintenance such as MOT testing were all pegged as key financial obstacles facing motorists in the latest Driver Satisfaction survey from Motors.co.uk.
As reported yesterday, the RMI Petrol Retailers' Association expects fuel prices to catapult upwards as the knock-on from Brent crude oil price rises is felt.
Respondents to the survey reflected the frustration many feel over fuel costs, as 71 per cent stated they do not believe the government is on their side with the issue.
The poll also found 44 per cent had stopped using cars completely for some trips, while three in ten were cutting back on leisure and fitness activities to keep their motors running.
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