Record petrol and diesel prices forcing some drivers off the road for lack of ‘freedom’
Current data shows unleaded petrol prices at 183.16 pence per litre, with diesel costs at a staggering 188.82 liter pa and ‘likely to rise’. Seb Goldin, CEO of RED Driving School, warned that high fuel prices will seriously affect some drivers, especially young motorists.
In a comment to Express.co.uk, he said: ‘The cost of filling up a petrol car to £100 is a significant moment in our cost of living crisis.
“One that undoubtedly has an impact on all drivers, from those learning to drive to the driving instructors themselves.
“When looking specifically at young drivers with lower disposable income, it would be fair to assume that this increased cost of fuel would be a barrier to learning to drive.
“However, the backlog of driving tests since the lockdown has created demand from young drivers to hit the roads that is greater than ever, and over the past few months we have seen no slowdown in this mandate.
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It is estimated that with the additional costs of petrol and diesel compared to last year, high streets will lose £23million a day.
Petrol consumption in the UK, mainly by the private motorist, is around 1.3 billion liters per month or 43.3 million liters per day.
The 53.08p extra cost of petrol compared to last year diverts £23million a day from other potential consumer spending.
Edmund King, AA President, said: “High streets are already reeling from families cutting back in this cost of living crisis.
“With petrol prices soaring, store tills are bleeding £23million a day to fill up.
“Worse still, as the festive season approaches, UK tourism will see millions of pounds of potential spending by visitors lost due to rising petrol prices on forecourts en route.
“This is the worst week of pain at the pump so far for drivers.
“We are urging drivers at this time to reduce car journeys if they are able and to walk or cycle to save money.
“These crippling fuel costs are hitting home, so drivers should take every step possible to stay mobile.”
There are also fears that key workers could be forced off the roads, which could have a further impact on vital industries.
Around 40% of drivers admitted to having considered switching cars due to the cost of living crisis.
Of those considering switching vehicles, almost half planned to switch to a more fuel-efficient car, with a third specifically considering an electric vehicle or a lower-taxed car.
For those under 35, that figure jumped to more than half of people wondering whether to change cars in response to record petrol and diesel prices.