Brake and Direct Line have published a survey which they say shows that many drivers are failing to carry out “potentially life-saving checks".
According to the survey, 39% of motorists set off on long journeys without checking that their tyres are in a safe condition with the correct amount of pressure; 41% fail to make sure lights and indicators are working; 26% do not check oil and water; and 26% also do not ensure washers and wipers are working.
Women are less likely to carry out these checks than men, and young drivers are less likely to carry out vehicle checks than older drivers.
Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive at Brake, said: “Getting ready to set off on holiday or another long journey can be stressful, but drivers need to remember that their number one priority is making sure they and their passengers arrive safely.
“If you’re rushing to get off on holiday, or on any journey, please take the time to conduct simple checks that could prevent a crash. It only takes a few minutes to check your vehicle is safe, and everyone is properly restrained, but it could mean the difference between life and death.”
For more information contact Brake on 01484 550067.