CAR use is increasing more rapidly in Scotland than the rest of the UK, fuelled by an increase in female drivers.

The amount Scots drive increased by 6% in the latter half of the last decade, and stood at an average of 3525 miles a year between 2008 and 2010, according to the RAC Foundation study.

This means people are, for the first time, driving more in Scotland than the UK as a whole, where car use has fallen by 6%.

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The report attributes the upsurge in car use to a 14% increase in the number of female licence holders, which has compensated for a 14% decline in male drivers aged 20 to 29.