By Marcus Leach

British drivers have reduced their petrol consumption by 15% since the credit crunch and recession took its toll on the economy.

The AA has released data that shows petrol sales in the first six months of 2011 were 1.7 billion litres less than in the same period three years ago.

This is, according to the AA, a direct impact of the record fuel prices drivers have witnessed in the UK.

With Brits experiencing higher food prices and a general higher cost of living there has been no option but to limit the amount of money spent on fuel, as both homes and businesses alike are feeling the toll.

The cut in fuel purchases, comparing the first six months of this year with pre-recession levels, is equivalent to 40,000 delivery rounds by fully-laden petrol tankers.

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