Drivers sleeping in cars to save on fuel

Drivers sleeping in cars to save on fuel
12 Dec, 2012 2:00pm

Commuters are resorting to more extreme measures to cut fuel bills

Commuters have resorted to sleeping in their cars in a bid to cut down on their hefty fuel bills.

A joint survey by the RAC and FairFuelUK has revealed that one in 16 commuters have slept in their car to save money by minimising drives to work. And three per cent said they have camped near work in order to save on the cost of filling up.

Motorists are being forced to make tough sacrifices in an effort to save money and reduce the impact of the price of fuel, with three-quarters of motorists in the survey using their car less today than a year ago.

Drivers are even resorting to extreme measures such as cutting out family trips or considering quitting their job to cut back on the miles they travel.

Quentin Willson, a spokesman for FairFuelUK, said: “As a society, we’ve never seen this financial pressure on personal mobility.”

In the last financial year, motorists in Britain stumped up a whopping £26.8billion in fuel duty. This is marginally less than the £27.26billion that was raised in 2010/11, but nearly three times more than the £9.63billion paid out by UK drivers during 1990/91.

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Interesting story. Sounds a bit extreme though. I don't know anybody who's done this. However I do know those who are thinking of getting rid of their cars but keeping them is increasingly becoming too unaffordable.
My advice to those who are forced to sleep in cars: Get the new Skoda Octavia. Apparently you can fit a mattress in its boot after dropping rear seat.

I would think this is an extreme measure, surely? It would be very cold and unpleasent in this weather. I,ve not heard of anybody doing this either. How many have?

Quote: 'Quentin Willson, a spokesman for FairFuelUK, said: “As a society, we’ve never seen this financial pressure on personal mobility.”'

I hope Quentin has checked his facts. I'm pretty sure I've read recently that road fuel, as a percentage of average take home pay, is lower now than 20-30 years ago?

I think it's partly down to rising living standards and partly because cars have much improved mpg figures nowadays.

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