Nearly 40% of drivers don’t carry out basic car maintenance more than once every few months, a recent poll by Be Wiser Insurance has found.
In a survey of 2,180 motorists, just 36% said that they make basic car checks at the recommended frequency of once per month. This includes very simple maintenance such as checking the oil, coolant, brake fluid and windscreen wash levels, and ensuring brake lights are working.
With modern cars being much more reliable and offering more safety features than ever before, drivers become aware of some problems due to the warning lights on the dashboard. However, this may mean that motorists are putting too much trust in their cars.
Neglecting basic checks and relying on warning lights alone leaves drivers vulnerable to breakdowns which could otherwise be avoided.
Many problems also cannot be found simply by looking at the dashboard of most cars, such as flat tyres, and there is a chance that the vehicle could fail to detect or notify the driver of problems even when it is expected to.
Checking tyre pressures, tread depth, and the condition of your spare tyre and tools is just as important as looking under the bonnet. Flat tyres and punctures are a common cause of car breakdowns that could be avoided by drivers taking the time to check their cars regularly.
As well as being dangerous, problems such as failed headlights or brake lights can also mean motorists are driving illegally and could get stopped by the police.
Mark Bower-Dyke, chairman of Be Wiser Insurance, comments:
“It is important that drivers remember to carry out basic checks on their cars before making long journeys, but these checks should also be carried out regularly even if you are not travelling far, particularly in the recent bad weather. Making these basic checks to maintain your car’s health could save you time and money in the long run.”