Family get-togethers are being continually pushed aside as a result of the rising cost of motoring, according to a new study by Hyundai.
A third of families are forced to forgo visits to relatives because of high fuel prices, while 10 per cent of people are missing out on important Christmas trips.
Why is this important, you might be thinking? Well thanks to Hyundai’s excellent fuel-efficient offerings, men, no longer do you have to cancel that visit to your mother-in-law’s – even if one in five said they’d be happy to sacrifice the journey in a bid to save fuel…
The research was conducted by Hyundai to assess the cost of motoring and its effect on driver behaviour – and the results are quite alarming.
Over one quarter of motorists admitted to illegal driving habits in an effort to cut their car’s fuel consumption, while it was reported that 35 per cent of families cut back on nights out to pay for fuel.
Affecting both the safety and social side of driving and family life, Hyundai can curb the squeeze on the motorists’ pocket thanks to its amazingly fuel efficient vehicles.
For example, the new Hyundai i20 offers up to 88.3mpg with just 84g/km CO2 emissions, meaning low running costs at the pumps and zero road tax.
The story is the same across the Hyundai range. With Hyundai’s Blue Drive efficiency-focused technology, the 110bhp 1.6-litre turbodiesel i30 will return 76.3mpg combined with 97g/km CO2 – again, meaning zero road tax.
If you need more space but don’t want to sacrifice efficiency, even bigger cars – such as the Hyundai i40 Tourer and Hyundai ix35 4×4 – will return an average of 65.7mpg with 113g/km CO2 and 49.6mpg with 149g/km CO2 respectively.
Even the sporty Hyundai Veloster makes a great fist of saving the planet and your wallet, with combined fuel consumption of 47.9mpg and 137g/km CO2 emissions.
According to the data, the average family now spends £756 travelling 1,068 miles to visit relatives every year. With petrol prices soaring from an average of 87.9p per litre to 134.1p over the last five years – a huge 53 per cent increase – these rising costs have led to 40 per cent of drivers ruling out seeing relatives over 150 miles away.