If you’ve been driving for more than a quarter of a century, you might look back on the 1990s as a time when fuel and cars were more affordable and driving meant you spent less time stuck in traffic.
But was that really the case? To mark its 25th anniversary, Green Flag has been doing some comparisons to see how driving then and now stacks up. One thing that the breakdown organisation noted is that fuel costs haven’t changed very much when you account for inflation.
However, buying a car has become much more expensive. In 1994, the average cost of a first car was £4,483. When inflation is taken into account, that equates to £8,843 in today’s money. But in 2019 the average cost of buying your first car actually stands at £11,609, which is quite a significant jump.
Of course, 25 years ago safety regulations surrounding vehicles weren’t as strict and there weren’t emissions standards that cars had to adhere to either.
If you think you spend more time stuck in traffic now than you did in the ‘90s, you’re probably right. The breakdown provider’s figures show that there were 25.2 million vehicles on the roads in the UK in 1994, but there are 38.4 million today. That’s an increase of 52 per cent – no wonder traffic jams are longer!
Emissions are certainly something that modern drivers need to be aware of, particularly if they have a diesel car. Stricter emissions tests now mean that having a dpf filter that’s in good working order is more important than ever, especially when you take your car for its MOT.
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