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UK motoring costs revealed in new analysis

The cost of driving for UK drivers has been set out in new Inrix research that shows the impact of hidden costs, such as congestion and finding parking.

Parking-related costs made up nearly a third of the overall cost of motoring.

Parking-related costs made up nearly a third of the overall cost of motoring.

The travel analytics firm’s first-ever Cost of Driving study revealed vehicle ownership costs in 30 major cities across the United Kingdom, United States and Germany, and found that the average UK driver faced a total driving cost of £5,795 in 2017.

Almost half (48%) of the cost was due to hidden congestion and parking fine expenses, while the rest was made up of direct costs such as maintenance, fuel, insurance and parking/toll fees.

The cost and frequency of parking was a key factor in why the total cost of driving in London last year was 1.6 times the national average at £9,353 per driver while Bristol, followed closely by Southampton, had the lowest total cost of driving at £5,111 per driver.

UK drivers had the lowest total national cost of driving compared to the US (£6,571) and Germany (£7,236) but the highest per mile cost once the lower annual mileage was taken into account.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.