Mashing on the motorway meant much higher prices for motorists in the UK last year. Research released today from Confused.com, a UK-based insurance aggregator and price comparison service covering multiple lines of business, finds that car insurance prices rose by 38.2% in 2010 (taking the average premium paid across all age groups to 695 pounds Sterling). The percentage increase last years was more than triple the increase in 2009.

But the price pain for policyholders didn't end there. Third-party, fire and theft (TPFT) customers fared even worse, as their annual increase in price skyrocketed 56.3%, which is the equivalent of an extra 322 pounds.

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