Wednesday, 2 July 2014

UK drivers give service station fuel stops a miss . . .


UK drivers give service station fuel stops a miss

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AT7457 Winchester services on the M3 motorway

Drivers have had their fill of motorway service station fuel, according to a survey.

Almost all (98%) of motorists reckon motorway petrol and diesel is too pricey, with 60% saying they never buy it, the survey by research company Viewsbank found.

Based on responses from 1,030 drivers, the poll also showed that 28% always fill up before going on a motorway and 5% always leave the motorway to find cheaper fuel elsewhere.

A further 27% will only fill up on the motorway if they are almost out of fuel, with 84% saying the high price of petrol and diesel puts them off buying anything else from motorway service stations.

But the poll also revealed that 35% of motorists use motorway service stations at least once a month, with 11% using them at least once a week. Drivers are most likely to use service stations for going to the toilet and for stretching their legs. More than 30% who stop eat their own food but 24% do eat at restaurants.

Although drivers are recommended to take breaks every two or three hours, as many as 32% of those polled will drive for more than that, while 9% will drive for four hours or more before stopping.

David Black of Viewsbank said: “Motorway service stations definitely provide an important service and millions of motorists use them but the research shows they are not winning many friends.

“Customers are convinced they are paying too much and only use them because they don’t have a choice.”

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