Drivers 'running cars on bare minimum of fuel'

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A number of drivers in the UK have taken to running their cars on a bare minimum of fuel, according to new research.

The study by Britannia Rescue found that nearly 50 per cent of motorists have admitted to doing so, with 20 per cent stating that it was due to the rising price of petrol.

It was found that six in ten drivers have also let their fuel level fall to the point where they trigger the warning light in the past three months.

Emma Holyer, spokesperson for Britannia Rescue, said that increases in the cost of fuel were "hitting drivers hard", while running a car on empty left people at risk of breaking down.

She added: "Not only is this extremely costly if you don't have breakdown cover and also very inconvenient, running out of fuel on the roads that don't have a hard shoulder can create major safety hazards for other drivers."

Previous research by Britannia Rescue also found that two-thirds of motorists would feel scared and vulnerable if they broke down while driving alone.

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