Car insurance customers cutting back

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

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Car insurance customers appear to be making shorter journeys in order to ease the strain on their wallets, a new survey has revealed.

The poll of drivers by Santander found that three-quarters of car insurance customers are using their vehicles less, with two-thirds blaming the high cost of motoring.

Despite this, road users seem to be reluctant to make the switchover to public transport, with 25 per cent complaining that it is too expensive and 32 per cent saying it is unreliable.

Rob Holt, director at Santander Cards, said some car insurance customers are using more local shops, restaurants and leisure facilities to avoid using their vehicles.

"Many journeys, however, simply cannot be avoided, particularly for motorists living in rural or remote areas," he added.

Meanwhile, a survey by Motors.co.uk found that eight out of ten drivers find the high cost of fuel the most annoying thing about motoring.

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