Rising fuel prices push motorists to reconsider the use of their car

Aviva’s CONSUMER RESEARCH found that out of 1,000 people, the majority were looking to drive less to reduce gasoline and diesel costs.

32% of women and 22% of men said they can’t make any changes to their current time on the roads.

The average monthly cost of fuel for Irish motorists is €180, with a third of those surveyed spending more than €200 per month.

Billy Shannon, managing director of personal lines at Aviva, said rising gasoline and diesel prices have caused people to reassess their relationship with driving.

“Gasoline pumps are one of the hardest hit areas in terms of inflation, having seen significant increases in the last 12 months. If before people took the car out on weekends to make trips and trips, or used it for shorter trips around their town, now many have to think about how they can economize and find alternative means of transport when possible.

During 2021, the price of gasoline increased by 31%, and diesel increased by 33%, according to AA Ireland.

This means that fuel for an average car, traveling 17,000km a year, will cost the driver approximately €800 more a year than it would in 2020.

The Aviva survey also found that 18-24 year olds are more likely to walk more (80%) and increase their use of public transportation (78%) to save money on fuel.

4 out of 10 drivers surveyed have not and will not change their driving behavior due to driving confidence.

This figure varies in urban areas; with 14% in Dublin unable to reduce their use, compared to 41% in rural provinces such as Connaught and Ulster.

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Shannon welcomed the fact that 1 in 10 people committed to cycling more often, with 69% of 18-24 year olds reporting doing so.

“While the impetus for change may be mainly due to financial constraints, it is nonetheless encouraging to see that many people are willing to get on their bikes and walk more, as it will have a positive knock-on effect on traffic congestion, environment and the general health and physical well-being of people,” he said.

The government has referenced these rising fuel costs in recent initiatives to encourage the use of electric vehicles.

On Thursday, the Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan, launched the online public consultation on the department’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Strategy, as well as a draft strategy to deliver a public charging network to support up to 194,000 cars and vans. electricity by 2025.

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