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Lower petrol prices 'most missed'

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Drivers looking back over 20 years of motoring miss the lower prices of petrol the most, a new poll has shown.

A survey of 2,000 people by Kwik Fit found that other aspects of driving two decades ago which motorists particularly miss are the quieter roads and fewer speed bumps.

Findings reveal that while many drivers think a high level of comfort and car reliability are the key attractions of modern motoring, some 4% said they did not like any aspect of the modern-day driving experience.

According to the poll, drivers are also the most nostalgic about cheaper and easier parking, the absence of speed cameras and London congestion charge, not having to wear seatbelts (5%) and cars with a manual choke (3%).

Aspects of modern motoring seen as beneficial include increased safety, greater fuel efficiency and electric windows.

Ian Fraser, chief executive, Kwik Fit, said: "Motorists clearly have mixed feelings about conditions now compared with 20 years ago. On the one hand cars have pretty much improved in every department with even basic models offering air conditioning, electric windows and even SatNav.

"But with rising fuel prices and congestion it's understandable that motorists are particularly sentimental about a time when petrol was much cheaper and the roads weren't as crowded as they are now."

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