Due to rising fuel costs, many people in Finland have to stop driving or reduce their car travel. According to the Yle TV Channel, this was based on a survey conducted by LocalTapiola Group, an insurance company.
This data shows that 44% of Finnish motorists “refuse” to drive unless they have an urgent need, and 14% “force them to stop completely” because they cannot afford it. 75% of Finns reported a change in their attitude towards private cars due to rising costs.
This summer, the cost of diesel and gasoline in Finland surpassed 2.5 euros per liter. Participants in the survey noted that they spend on average 331 euros per month for car maintenance. More than 70% of this money is spent on fuel.
” High prices may be a sign for Finnish society that it is moving towards safer, more affordable, and more environmentally-friendly transport,” said Tapani Alaviri (director of road safety at LocalTapiola Group).
The first publication of the results is a Finnish survey that was completed between May 27 and June 3. 1,085 people aged 18 to 79 from the country participated in the survey. They were all drivers or owners of cars during the past 12 months. The error was less than three percentage points.