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Our reliance on cars has reached a 15-year high despite a drop in commuting, according to a new survey.
An annual RAC poll of motorists found that more than four out of five (82 per cent) of respondents said they would struggle without access to a car.
The figure is up from 79 per cent last year and 74 per cent in 2019 and is at the highest level since 2006.
Of those who rely on cars, 68 per cent said visiting friends and relatives is too far a distance to walk or cycle.
Some 57% said the car is quicker than other options, and 53% said there are no feasible public transport services.
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Rural drivers are more likely to be dependent on their cars (87 per cent) than those who live in towns and cities (77 per cent).
The survey of 2,652 UK motorists also seemed to suggest that people will not return to commuting five days a week.
Just 32 per cent of respondents said they will drive to an office or workplace every working day in the future, compared with 49 per cent before the coronavirus pandemic.
On average, the expected number of commuting days was three.
Also, seems that drivers' negative attitudes towards public transport have hardened.
The survey found that fewer than half (46 per cent) said they would use their car less even if bus and train services improved, down from 59 per cent three years ago.
Petrol prices race towards record high as oil costs surge
Average petrol prices are just 5.65p shy of the record high of April 2012 and are due to creep closer as oil is projected to hit $90-a-barrel before the end of the year, the RAC says.With the recent supply crisis and panic buying causing headaches for drivers trying to brim their car's tank, there is a fresh warning that motorists will soon be considering how much fuel they need as prices increase.
And 45 per cent said they expect to travel by public transport less in future as a result of the pandemic.
RAC data insight spokesman, Rod Dennis, said: 'Many drivers clearly expect that hybrid working will become the norm, which could have a profound effect on the overall volume of vehicles on the roads during the week.
'It's also clear just how important the car is to so many people, a relationship that appears to have strengthened due to Covid-19.
'A greater proportion of drivers than ever say they'd find it hard to live without one.
'In so many cases, the car is faster, more reliable and is really the only feasible option for the sorts of distances people travel, whether that's to the local supermarket a few miles away or to see friends and family on the other side of the country.
'If the challenge faced by policymakers in getting drivers out of their cars before the pandemic was akin to trekking up a steep hill, our research suggests they now have a veritable mountain to climb.'
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