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It’s official: we are changing how we drive as energy costs increase

More than one-third of motorists surveyed said they are ditching the car for journeys they can make by bike or on foot

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31pc of those surveyed are travelling at a lower speed to save on fuel costs. Photo: Stock image

31pc of those surveyed are travelling at a lower speed to save on fuel costs. Photo: Stock image

31pc of those surveyed are travelling at a lower speed to save on fuel costs. Photo: Stock image

Driving habits are changing due to the soaring cost of living and energy, a new survey has found.

More than one-third (37pc) told a Kia survey they are now using their car less for short urban journeys and are walking or cycling instead.

The Kia survey in the UK (but surely applicable in Ireland) also found that 33pc of drivers are now paying more attention to where they can refuel or recharge their car more affordably. More than a quarter (28pc) try harder to plan journeys.

When driving, 31pc are thinking more about how to save money on fuel by accelerating less frequently and travelling at a lower speed.

A much higher proportion of younger drivers (54pc between 18 and 24) have changed their driving style, while only 26pc of those aged between 55 and 64 have done so.

Surprisingly, 52pc still wished they knew how to better adapt their driving style to cut consumption. And, not surprisingly, more drivers are considering switching to an electric vehicle. 

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