Fuel for thought as a million give up driving

It gets to the point where fuel is just so expensive that it no longer seems worth it to get the car out the garage. You're better off thumbing a lift or taking the bus.

And according to research by Sainsbury's Car Insurance, 1.3 million have given up driving over the past 12 months. The average car owner is now spending around £1,720 a year on fuel, an increase on a year ago of about a third.

Edmund King, president of the AA, said: 'The high price of fuel is having a dramatic effect and for the first time taking the train is becoming cheaper than driving.

'I think that more than a million actually giving up driving seems very high but more than that are cutting back on their use of a car. This in turn will have an effect on high street and supermarket sales.'

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