Recent research has found that hard-up British drivers are desperately trying to cut down on their ‘guilt trips’ car journeys of less than 1km.
According to a survey from Abbey, UK drivers make an average of two of these so-short-it’s-hardly-worth-it trips each week and 54 per cent feel guilty about doing so.
Shamefully, more than 13 per cent of motorists make six or more short trips.
But hope for the future does exist. Two-thirds of motorists say that they have made a concerted effort to reduce the use of their car to offset rising household bills.
Almost half (49 per cent) say they are doing so by replacing short car trips with long walks or using more public transport.
One in five (20 per cent) are trying to avoid unnecessary journeys altogether.
Callum Gibson of Abbey said: "For some the ‘guilt’ in the ‘guilt trips’ is to do with their carbon footprint, for others, it’s about the cost of making those trips."
Written by Jeremy Hammond