According to a study made by IAM – Institute of Advanced Motorists, of the 2,500 people polled, half said they had changed to a more eco-friendly driving style.
Other changes in behaviour include:
• Making fewer journeys (38.10%).
• Walking shorter journeys they previously would have driven (34.54%).
• Using public transport more (21.48%).
• Cycling shorter journeys they would previously have driven (19.19%).
• Buying a more fuel-efficient car (18.08%).
Drivers are not keen to give up their cars completely – 74 per cent were against this idea – but more than half said they stick to the speed limit to keep fuel consumption down, and more than 70 per cent check their tyre pressures regularly. Turning off the air-con and emptying the car of unnecessary clutter were also popular methods.
IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said: “The days of cruising the motorway at eighty, regardless of the cost, are over. With rocketing fuel prices it is clear that drivers are changing their behaviour, which is good for their health and the environment. You don’t need a new car to become a greener driver. You just need to change your driving style.
“For millions of motorists driving is a necessity, not a luxury. Rural drivers especially need their cars for work, socialising and family life. If drivers can reduce their car usage that’s great, but for those who can’t, driving as economically as possible is the answer.”