A survey by mytyres.co.uk has found that a significant number of motorists are failing to carry out essential safety checks on their vehicles.
The survey of 1,126 motorists revealed that 24% have never checked their oil; 18% have never checked their spare tyre; 12% have never checked their tyre depth; 11% have never checked their lights; and 7% have never checked tyre air pressure.
A spokesperson from mytyres.co.uk said: “Checks such as tyre depth and inflation pressures are imperative for our own safety and that of other road users.
“UK law now requires tyres to be maintained correctly in terms of tread depth and carries the potential for a substantial fine or three penalty points if they are found to be short of legal requirements.”
The survey also found that it had been more than a month since the majority of motorists had checked their vehicle’s spare tyre (67%), oil (62%) and lights (42%). In contrast eight out of 10 motorists had their vehicle cleaned in the past month.
The spokesperson added: “It is clear that we take great pride in our vehicles, and that is not a bad thing at all.
“But we should not substitute safety in the process. Making these essential checks takes very little time – much less time than it would take to clean a vehicle – and they can ultimately save lives.”
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