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Prices force drivers to run on empty
Published:  03 March, 2011

High fuel prices have lead to a sharp rise in the number of motorists driving on empty and running out of fuel before they make it to a service station, according to a survey commissioned by roadside rescue organisation Green Flag.

The survey revealed a 40% increase in fuel-related call-outs in the second half of January, which coincided with fuel price rises when fuel reached a record average of 127.87ppl. Nearly half the British drivers surveyed had been dangerously close to empty or had broken down before reaching the pump at some point in their lifetime. Of that figure, 37% of incidents occurred in the previous three months. In the same time period, more than 30% had reduced time spent on the road in a bid to offset rising prices. Men were marginally worse with 49% admitting to driving on empty or running dry at some point in their lifetime, compared to 45% of women.