Fuel prices hitting Kiwi’s transport choices

Fuel prices hitting Kiwi’s transport choices

canstarA new survey by consumer research company, Canstar Blue has lifted the petrol cap on Kiwis’ service station habits showing that 43% of New Zealanders’ quality of life is impacted by the cost of fuel.

In the same survey in 2014, 60% of people believed that fuel costs were affecting their quality of life, making for a downward trend but highlighting an ever-present problem, says Canstar New Zealand general manager, Jose George.

“Drivers are taking measures into their own hands to try and lessen the financial effects of fuel, with 45% reducing their use of the car air conditioner, and most likely their comfort along with it to save some cash.

“New Zealanders are very conscious of how much money is being pumped out of their pockets on petrol and 64% actively monitor fuel prices so they know what to expect at the pump.”

10% of Kiwis are considering switching to a motorbike/scooter just to save money on petrol. Gen Ys are most likely to be searching for cheaper alternatives (17%) compared to Baby Boomers who are less likely to be jumping on a motorbike anytime soon (6%).

Close to a quarter (24%) of Aucklanders and just over a quarter of Wellingtonians (26%) are using more public transport than they were a year ago.

Gen Ys are also keen to get out from behind the wheel, with 32% jumping on board the train/bus/ferry as an alternative to driving in.

How far will we go for a good deal?

For well over half of New Zealanders (58%) price is more important than convenience when looking to fuel up and 34% would drive across town for cheap fuel, says George.

“Generation Ys are most likely to chase down a good deal (44%) while Baby Boomers would rather a petrol station closer to home (27%).

“When Kiwis were asked how far they have travelled to buy cheap fuel, Aucklanders came out on top at 13.3km on average while Wellingtonians estimated the least distance at 8.7km.”

Men are chasing the deals with just over a third (35%) waiting until they have a discount voucher to fuel up compared to just 28% of women.

The cost of commuting in to work is a factor for 44% of Kiwis when choosing where to live. Aucklanders factor in the cost of their commute the most at 47% while those in the Bay of Plenty are the least worried about their distance from their desk (38%).

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