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Tourists facing fuel cost choices

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A new survey has found that soaring fuel costs are forcing families to reconsider their plans to visit tourist attractions.

An increasing number of people are cutting back on days out in a bid to save cash on fuel, at a time when they are also struggling thanks to increases in inflation.

The survey findings follow figures released earlier this month showing nearly a billion litre drop in fuel consumption, as many motorists use their cars less due to high petrol and diesel prices and rising car insurance premiums.

Expressing disappointment over the findings of the study, David Shelton, the managing director of Motorpoint, said: "We think it's sad to see that some people won't be visiting some of the great attractions available in the UK this year due to the rising costs of fuel preventing them from making the sometimes necessary longer journeys to get there."

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