One in eight motorists drive with a near-empty petrol tank as they battle soaring fuel prices, according to new research from breakdown company Green Flag.
Young drivers have been hit hardest, with nearly 25% of 18-34 year olds admitting to driving 'on vapours'.
A 27% increase in fuel prices since 2008 has contributed to 1.4 million – 4% of UK drivers – motorists running out of fuel.
Green Flag's research revealed that those most likely to be scraping the bottom of the fuel tank are drivers in the North East and Wales, with 18% of motorists running on empty.
Those in the North West are least likely to run dry, with just 9% of drivers regularly dodging the forecourt.
- North East – 18%
- Wales – 18%
- East Midlands – 16%
- West Midlands – 16%
- Yorkshire & Humberside – 14%
- South East – 14%
- N. Ireland – 13%
- Scotland – 11%
- London – 10%
- South West – 9%
- East of England – 9%
- North West – 8%
Miranda Schunke, of Green Flag breakdown service, said: 'These drivers pose a serious threat to themselves and other motorists. Running out of fuel on a busy road increases the risk of being hit by other motorists and those who have run dry awaiting assistance by the side of the road are also leaving themselves unnecessarily vulnerable.'