One in five motorists never check their brake fluid, one in six never check their brake lights, and one in nine do not check their tyre tread, a survey carried out by Manheim Auctions reveals.
The survey also suggests that drivers don’t understand the risks associated with ignoring basic safety checks: one in five could not explain why brake fluid needs to be checked and almost 85% do not know the legal tyre tread depth.
Craig Mailey, marketing director at Manheim Auctions, said: “Ignoring the most basic safety checks is not only dangerous, it’s illegal. The police will, quite rightly, stop and fine cars with illegal tyre tread or broken brake lights. Not only will this be costly but the points on your licence will impact on your car insurance.
“We’d recommend performing basic safety checks on your vehicle regularly, and especially before long journeys. If you know what you are doing, it takes minutes to check tyre pressure and tread, and if your lights are working properly.”
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