Who’d have thought, when we sold our second car back in 2006 and replaced it with a trike, that a family of mad, grungy and slightly disreputable crofters were well ahead of a social trend?
As it turns out, we were.
Apparently, one in five British households are getting rid of second cars to save money while one in 50 are getting rid of cars altogether.
Green activists and health campaigners have fought hard to reduce car use but without much success.
But put a crimp in people’s pockets and the response is rapid—people suddenly rediscover cheaper methods of getting around that will, co-incidentally, lead to less use of fossil fuel and higher levels of physical activity.
Lack of money trumps convenience in a way that nothing else does.
One in five families has been forced to sell a car in order to save money and help their stretched household budgets go further.
With the cost of filling a family car rising by almost a third in a year, many Britons have opted to ditch a vehicle rather than bear the cost, according to a YouGov survey of 2,000 adults.
Almost 20 per cent of all UK adults now say that public transport is their main way of getting around.
While most of the cars sold are second cars, one in fifty families has resorted to selling their only car. A similar number have moved their child to a school closer to home due to the cost of transport.
Four out of ten parents now say that they can no longer afford as many family days out to place such as theme parks and zoos because of the cost of travel.