According to Green Flag Breakdown 28 per cent of people in the UK will not travel to see family and friends this year because of the price of fuel.
The research also shows the average price of travel this Christmas will be £48 and the average travel time three hours.
This is despite the fuel duty increase in 2013 being scrapped in the Autumn budget, giving motorists some respite from rising fuel costs.
Miranda Schunke, spokesperson for Green Flag, said: “Christmas is traditionally a time for seeing friends and family, but the high cost of transportation will keep some loved ones apart this year. While the three pence petrol duty rise scheduled for 2013 has been scrapped, we still see many drivers struggling to afford to fill their tanks and reducing the number of journeys they take.”
Drivers can ease the pain of fuel costs this Christmas by choosing their next car carefully, says Perrys Motor Sales.
Cars launched in 2013 include a selection of cars with exceptional fuel economy. Cars such as the new Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Adam are available with frugal engines and fuel economy figures above 80mpg.
These cars also come with variations that offer zero road tax in the UK because selected engines emit less than 100g/km of CO2 emissions.
Drivers can calculate the fuel costs and road tax band of potential new car using Perrys’ car cost calculator on the green section on our website.
Meanwhile, you can visit one of our Perrys dealerships for advice on buying a new, green car.