Motorists will spend more than £55,000 on petrol during their lifetime, according to a study.
The shocking figure emerged amid fears over ever-increasing fuel prices and insurance premiums, along with clean air zone fees.
Researchers found the cost of petrol and diesel is a ‘serious concern’ for drivers with 84 percent arguing it is ‘too expensive.’
In fact, more than a third have been put off driving altogether due to high fuel prices.
And three quarters have even resorted to traveling further than their nearest petrol station in pursuit of a better deal on fuel.
Commissioned by EDF Energy, the research of 2,000 motorists found 40 percent of drivers are currently considering making the switch to an electric vehicle – a move which some experts believe could save them £45,000 over their lifetime.
Béatrice Bigois, managing director of customers for EDF Energy, said:
“Many of us aspire to own an electric vehicle. “This research shows that, not only will electric cars help motorists save money on their fuel costs, electric vehicles will help more people do more of the things they want to, like exploring more of the UK – all while helping the environment by reducing emissions. “For this vision to become a reality for more drivers, we have to make the decision as easy and attractive as possible for our customers.”
The research also found fuel has proved to be so costly it has prevented 24 percent from driving to particular destinations.
A fifth also said they have purposely cut down on the number of day trips and holiday car travel during the past 12 months – due to rising fuel prices.
But it’s just the cost of petrol and diesel which is making motorists use their cars less often.
Sixty-nine percent of drivers are concerned about vehicle emissions and a quarter have cut down on visits to family members in the UK due to fears of global warming and air quality.
The EDF Energy study carried out through OnePoll also found seven in 10 expect to own an electric car at some point in the future.
And a quarter thinks they will go electric in the next five years.
Béatrice Bigois added:
“Our one-stop-shop approach gives them access to a car of their choice, a smart charger and the low carbon electricity needed to power it, as well as a wealth of advice and information on EVs, helping more customers go electric today.”
EDF Energy has launched its Go Electric package for electric car owners – it includes up to 10,000 miles worth of charge for free.