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Economy driving 'a top priority'

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A credit-crunch economy drive is a top priority for most drivers as the looming recession worsens, according to an AA/Populus poll.

Despite the recent fall in petrol prices, motorists are looking at ways to save money, such as shopping around for cheaper fuel and car insurance.

The responses from 8,110 AA members show that 82% are planning to drive more economically this year, rising to 92% for those aged 65 and over.

But only a fifth said they were resolved to park legally more often in 2009, and only a third of young drivers intend to cut down on their speeding.

In the West Midlands, half said they would not drive so aggressively, down to 39% among women, of whom only 12% said they would try to park legally more often.

AA president Edmund King said: "Despite fuel prices being at a three-year low, more than 80% of drivers still intend to drive more economically in 2009.

"It does appear that the legacy of record pump prices linked to the credit crunch is having a longer-term influence on driving style. Many motorists can save 20% of fuel consumption by eco-driving."

© Press Association 2009