Drivers Concerned About Rising Motoring Costs

Asda Money highlights research which shows that drivers are becoming increasingly concerned about the rising cost of motoring with many fearing that car-related costs could double over the next decade(1).

The recent driver poll outlined that the next ten years could see motoring costs climb to an annual figure of £4,850, bringing the collective bill footed by drivers in the UK to a staggering £135 billion(1).

The spiralling costs of running and maintaining a car has led 53%(1) of those aged between 17 and 24 to argue that the number of people learning to drive will fall, as the cost of motoring increases.

Further figures showed that nearly three-quarters (71%)(1) of those surveyed argued that the rising costs involved with owning a car may deter young people from investing a motor of their own in the future.

With these figures in mind, Asda Money looks at some of the factors that are putting increasing pressure on motorists’ budgets.

Rising fuel costs

Recent research has outlined that the cost of petrol has risen by a staggering 33%(2) over the last five years, meaning that travelling on key commuter routes by train presents almost half the cost to consumers as travelling by car; £2,440 a year against £4,800(3).

Garage labour rates reach record high

Motorists are facing a hefty bill for taking their vehicle to independent local garage, with figures showing that costs have climbed by 6.4% between 2011 and 2012 to an average of £64.58(4). However, some motorists are paying significantly above this cost, with the highest independent garage costs found in Surrey (£98.27 on average) and the lowest costs found in Powys, Wales (£58.46).

Car Insurance costs on an upward trend

The rising cost of car insurance is said to have been a factor in a sharp fall in the number of young drivers taking practical tests since 2007. Figures from the Department of Transport have revealed an 18% decrease in the number of 17 to 19-year olds taking their practical driving tests while this figure has dropped by more than 10% for people in their 20s(5).

To get the best deal on your car insurance, it is important to get the cheapest car insurance quotes for your needs.

Notes to Editors


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