Wednesday 29th August 2012
Be Wiser Insurance

Over three quarters (76%) of British drivers do "lots" of checks before setting off on a long journey, like a holiday.

Many respondents commented that they did regular monthly, or even weekly, checks on their vehicles to avoid breaking down.

Mark Bower-Dyke, Chairman of Be Wiser Insurance, comments:

"While it may seem ‘paranoid’ to some, it's actually very sensible to perform these regular car checks – especially if you’re about to go on a long trip. There are few worse ways to start, or end, a holiday than with a breakdown that could have been avoided.”

Of the 24% who didn't do any checks before setting off on a long journey, many suggested they "meant to" but just never got around to it.

Mark Bower-Dyke comments:

"Breaking down isn't only frustrating, but it can be dangerous - especially on a motorway. Checking your water, oil and tyre pressure is the minimum required to ensure you're ready for a long trip."

One respondent quipped their maintenance checks only extended to making sure their breakdown cover was still valid!

Mark Bower-Dyke concludes:

"While this was made as a joke it should certainly be on everyone's checklist before they set out on a long journey – it’s always good to know there’s a backup on hand. With all Be Wiser motor insurance policies, RAC breakdown cover is included as standard for added peace of mind.

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