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Two-thirds of drivers change habits

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Almost two-thirds of motorists have altered their driving habits in an effort to lower fuel consumption, a new poll has shown.

An online survey of more than 2,700 people by car supermarket Motorpoint found that 64% changed their behaviour behind the wheel, with an aim to cut the costs of running a car in the wake of soaring fuel prices.

The average cost of a litre of petrol has risen to 133.55p.

The leap in prices comes despite the 1p fuel duty cut announced in last month's Budget - highlighting that motorists will now be looking for competitive car insurance quotes to cut on expenditure.

David Shelton, managing director of Motorpoint, said: "It is clear from our poll that the cost of fuel is starting to have an effect on the way in which people drive, a trend that is likely to continue unless the Government changes its motoring policies."

Findings also revealed that motorists are increasing opting for fuel efficient super-minis, with sales of the cars at Motorpoint recording a surge in recent months.

The online retailer said that the Ford Fiesta saw a 30% rise in demand since last month.

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