A poll has revealed a third of motorists generally ride around with the bare minimum amount of petrol in their tanks. 34 per cent of drivers admitted to pushing their fuel tanks as far as they can, topping up with only as much petrol as they can afford.
The poll, which was compiled by VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, looked at 1,244 UK respondents and their refuelling habits. It found a mere 9 per cent of motorists filled their cars to the brim, with 23 per cent topping up their car an average weekly total of £30.
Digging deeper into the refuelling habits of drivers, the survey asked “do you wait for the fuel tank to empty before doing so?” 41 per cent said they would wait until their fuel warning light was nearly on, while 31 per cent admitted to living on the edge, riding around until the light was clearly illuminated.
A spokesman for the website, George Charles, commented: “Fuel is a real drain on people’s finances. If anything I’m surprised that the results of our survey suggest the average monthly spend is only £120. I’m sure many of us regard that as cheap!”
It’s no surprise motorists are becomingly increasingly reluctant to open their wallets. Fuel prices have been soaring and other costs of car ownership such as insurance and tax have not been kind either, forcing many motorists to cut down on groceries ─ and even take their car off the road in the most extreme cases.
Some motorists even claim to sleep in their cars to reduce fuel bills.
Supermarkets keen to ‘help’ motorists into their aisles are at least trying to combat the rise. Sainsbury’s recently cut its unleaded and diesel prices by 3p and 4p, respectively, at 279 of its forecourts across the UK. Asda followed suit with a 3p and 2p price drop for petrol and diesel, Morrisons has cut 2p of both unleaded and diesel and Tesco has followed suit.
Are these cuts enough, or is the British motorist destined for a life of fuel poverty for all eternity? Let us know your thoughts below.