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Drivers vow to cut fuel use

Drivers vow to cut fuel use

Motorists across the UK are set to improve the way they drive in order to improve their efficiency.

That is according to a recent poll by roadside assistance firm The AA, which showed that 26 per cent of drivers have made a New Year's resolution to drive more economically.

A further 12 per cent have promised to cut out unnecessary trips and drive less often.

While there will be environmental benefits from these pledges, the poll showed that cutting back on fuel bills is a key motivator.

The news comes shortly after government figures revealed that petrol sales in the UK were down 2.4 billion litres in the first nine months of last year, compared to the same period in 2009.

Paul Watters, head of AA public affairs, explained: "The impact of high fuel prices on ordinary drivers is staggering. Just over a quarter of those choosing a New Year resolution say they will drive more economically and a further one in ten intend to drive less.

"We have reached the stage where motoring is once again only easily affordable for the better off. The car is still the mainstay means of travel for the majority, so that is depressing news at the start of 2012."

The news could spark a rising demand for hybrid cars and petrol models with more efficient engines.

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