It commissioned a survey through Populus which found nearly a third are no longer driving to the local shops, and 29 per cent have cut out visits to out-of-town retail parks.
Nearly one in four is no longer using the car on the school run.
Implications for dealers and repairers are that retail customers may service their car less frequently, and consumables such as tyres will be replaced less often. Workshops may see their revenue decrease as a result.
Diesel is 35 per cent more expensive than a year ago at 131.94p per litre, and unleaded is up 22 per cent at an average of 118.57p per litre.