AA says many motorists have become ‘fuel misers’ as it offers advice on how to cut petrol bills

“We would hope that these have become ingrained,” he said. “It seems like common sense to those people who have done it.”

In total, 77 per cent of drivers have had to take steps to afford to keep driving, the survey found.

Just over a quarter said they had started combining their trips, for instance by doing their weekly shop on the way back from work, or cutting out shorter journeys.

Making one round trip can also preserve fuel economy, as it will avoid the extra energy required to heat up the engine.

“If large numbers of people have become comfortable with leaving their cars on the driveways and walking around to local shops, and doing short journeys like that, then that is a big and hopefully enduring silver lining from what’s been going on with fuel prices,” said Mr Bosdet.

“Drivers are getting bombarded with this sort of advice, whether it’s to help the environment by using less fuel, or whether it’s a matter of financial survival. They’ve now had to put this into practice.”

Fuel protests and supply panics in recent months may have increased drivers’ awareness, he said. “Disruption to fuel supply on three occasions within the past year, has probably helped those drivers to figure out how to save fuel,” he said.

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