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Drivers ‘feel guilty’ about city motoring

Many worry about impact on environment

Almost 20 per cent of motorists experience ‘green guilt’ about driving in cities, according to a survey out today.

Men and those living in south east England are the most concerned about how their urban motoring is potentially harming the environment, the poll from Prudential Car Insurance found.

But around 74 per cent of motorists still drive every day, while some 10 per cent own three or more cars, the research showed.

Necessary evil

Based on responses from 1,019 adults, the survey also revealed:

  • Only 14 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds are bothered about their urban driving habits, compared with 22 per cent of 35 to 44-year-olds
  • 57 per cent view driving in the city as a necessary evil despite having access to public transport
  • 51 per cent reckon their own car is more reliable than public transport to get them from A to B
  • 21 per cent of those living in south east England are concerned about driving and the environment, compared with 17 per cent in Scotland and only 15 per cent in Wales and south west England
  • 20 per cent of men have green concerns but only 18 per cent of women do.

Younger drivers

Prudential Car Insurance spokesman Phil Southgate said: ‘The issue of carbon emissions and global warming has been hard to miss in recent months so it is somewhat surprising that the younger drivers are among the least concerned about the environment.

‘Although our research has shown that nearly one in five enjoy driving in our cities, it seems that many Brits have lost faith in our public transport system and prefer to use their cars, believing that is a far more reliable form of transport.’

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