As the cost-of-living crisis deepens, a new survey suggests some motorists are considering cancelling their breakdown insurance.
The survey of 1,000 drivers, commissioned by IAM RoadSmart, found that 21% of respondents were considering the move in a bid to cut back on everyday outgoings.
The percentage varied by age, with 50% of 18-24 year-olds surveyed stating that they have considered cancelling their cover, compared to 14% of 55-64 year-olds and 7% of drivers over 65 years.
IAM RoadSmart says while it would always urge motorists to take out breakdown cover, those who are unable to afford it should “carry out a series of regular vehicle checks themselves”.
Neil Greig, director of policy and research at IAM RoadSmart, said: “Most fatalities on motorways involve a stationary vehicle, so having cover means you are more likely to be rescued quicker, reducing your chances of being hit on the hard shoulder or in a running lane.
“Having said this, households up and down the country are being forced to cut back on everyday outgoings in an effort to balance the books, and our findings reveal that breakdown cover could be one of the first expenses to be axed by drivers.
“So, while we will always urge motorists to take out breakdown cover, those who are unable to afford it during such straitened times should carry out a series of regular vehicle checks themselves, which may prevent any avoidable breakdowns.
“These include ensuring engine oil is topped up, checking tyres daily, practising good driving habits and paying attention to warning lights and strange noises.”