Driving down motorists - the petrol pump slump

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Fuel pumps
Petrol sales took another tumble in the first nine months of 2011, with more motorists choosing to ditch their cars in an effort to save the pennies.

Petrol pump sales totalled 13.9 billion litres, a drop of a billion litres compared to the same period in 2010.

A survey by the AA and research company Populus, of more than 20,000 of its members confirmed that nearly 40% of motorists are focused on driving much less and more economically in 2012. The survey response was one of the highest the breakdown service has seen.

Drivers in South-West England and Northern Ireland are most likely to cut back on driving, with 41% aiming to adapt their driving style. A high percentage of drivers in London (35%) even claim that they will get behind the wheel less in order to save money this year.

Paul Watters, head of AA Public Affairs said: "We have reached the stage where motoring is once again only easily affordable for the better off and, with the car still the mainstay means of travel for the majority, that is depressing news at the start of 2012."