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Only a fifth opt for car sharing

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Around two in 10 motorists are opting for car sharing, as they find it difficult to bear the expense of running a vehicle, a study has indicated.

Soaring fuel prices as well as high car park charges are encouraging people to car share at least once a week, according to an AA/Populus survey of about 16,000 AA members.

People in the 25-35 age group are most likely to share their journey, while those in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Yorkshire/Humberside seem to be most attracted to car sharing.

It is thought that car sharing will save money on fuel as well as reduce wear and tear on a vehicle, which in turn could lead to a decline in the number of car insurance claims.

Meanwhile, those taking lifts believe they are supporting the environment, by helping to reduce CO2 emissions.

However, the report - which was published to mark the start of Liftshare Week - added that nearly six in 10 (58%) of people do not car share.

AA president Edmund King said: "Record fuel prices and an ever-increasing toll of taxes and charges on car users makes car sharing such a sensible choice for car owners who find costs mounting."

© Press Association 2010