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Fuel prices are driving motorists to cut back

More than a quarter of motorists are restricting the amount they spend when they fill up their car due to high fuel prices, an AA/Populus survey showed today.

Women are restricting their petrol spending more than men, with budget-tightening happening the most in Northern Ireland, north-west England and Wales.

Of the 15,860 AA members surveyed, 14% paid a set amount on their credit card for fuel and 14% set a limit when they paid cash.

The number setting limits on fuel payment rises to 44% among unskilled workers, long-term unemployed and pensioners.

Only 21% from the top socio-economic group are limiting what they pay at the pumps.

Among those budgeting a set amount for buying fuel, 23% have had to raise their limit while 13% have cut back on their spending.

AA president Edmund King said: "This AA research is a stunning indication of just how badly fuel prices are affecting so many drivers across the UK."

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