Average petrol prices hit £1 a litre on Monday, the AA said, following a month of increases at the pumps.
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Research shows the price hikes, which have added 4p a litre to the cost of unleaded in just one month, are forcing drivers to use their cars less and cut back on other spending.
According to an AA/Populus poll of nearly 15,000 drivers, more than a quarter are using their cars less – and 12% are cutting back on luxuries like eating out and going to the cinema.
Further price rises
AA president Edmund King said: ‘This survey exposes just how drivers are suffering because of increasing fuel prices. We hope the government will abandon further fuel duty rises to boost economic recovery.
‘Money and credit is far less plentiful than last summer with unemployment, frozen pay and reduced savings rates. Forcing drivers to switch potential high street spending into paying for fuel is hardly the way to stimulate a consumer-led recovery.’
Regionally, those in south west England, Wales and the West Midlands are cutting back most, while Londoners – who tend to have low annual mileage – seem least affected by rising fuel costs.
For tips on getting cheap petrol, diesel and LPG, read the Which? guide to finding the cheapest fuel. You can also learn how to cut your fuel bill with this guide to greener motoring.
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