Cost concerns put 40 per cent of motorists in Devon and Cornwall off driving
Two fifths of drivers in the South West will use their car less next year if costs associated with owning a vehicle continue to rise, according to new research.
Worries about the expense of driving saw a third of motorists in the region reporting they enjoy driving less than a year ago.
In the study, commissioned by AXA car insurance, 61% said their enjoyment had decreased due to rising costs.
The research, involving 2,000 motorists across the UK, showed more than a fifth of motorists in the South West said they were already struggling to keep up with costs.
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Some 69% said the cost of fuel had already got too high and 55% said they were frustrated by the cost of fuel tax, despite the Chancellor backing down on plans to raise it by 3p in January 2013.
With 29% of drivers expecting fuel to be between £1.41 and £1.50 by the end of the year, 38% want the Government to ensure fuel tax is capped.
Amanda Edwards, of AXA Insurance, said: "As all of us are becoming increasingly concerned about finances, it's no surprise that the costs related to driving are at the top of motorists' frustrations."