Just under half of Britons (48%) do not treat their car as well in winter as they do in summer, a recent Be Wiser poll has found.
A quarter (24%) of respondents only do minimal maintenance in winter - just enough to keep it topped up with water and ensure the windscreen wipers are working.
Mark Bower-Dyke, Chairman of Be Wiser Insurance, comments:
"It's easy to ignore the car when it's miserable outside. Who wants to top up the windscreen fluid when you're going to get drenched in the process? While wishing to ignore your car is understandable, it's still not the best plan for happy, safe motoring!"
Shockingly, 14% of drivers don't do anything to their cars in winter at all.
Mark Bower-Dyke, comments:
"We'll often try and 'get by' or promise ourselves we'll do it later - but when that later is sometime in spring you're setting yourself up for long term problems with your car, and short term annoyances."
Avoiding filling up on windscreen fluid can lead to winter muck obscuring your vision in the low sun. Equally, inefficient windscreen wipers can make driving in heavy rain more dangerous than it already is.
A lack of maintenance, especially during the cold months, can lead to an increased chance of breakdown.
Regularly topping up on fluids, checking your tyre treads and replacing anything that could cause issues is a must during the winter.
Mark Bower-Dyke concludes:
"Regardless of whether you're looking after your car as you should, quality insurance and breakdown cover is a must. With Be Wiser you get free RAC breakdown cover - so even if you do end up in a tricky situation, you'll have the peace of mind that you'll be looked after."