Many younger drivers are failing to have their car serviced and maintained correctly, according to new research carried out by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
In a poll of 2,000 motorists, 10% of those aged 18-24 said their vehicle is never serviced; this figure rose to 12% among 25-34 year-olds. By contrast, the number of over-55s claiming never to service their car is just 2%, and 5% for those aged 35-54 year olds.
The research highlights the danger to which some motorists are exposing themselves, with tyres and brakes among the many safety-critical items left unchecked.
The survey also highlights that most young drivers are oblivious to the benefits of upgrades to vehicle software. 57% of 18-24 year-olds were unaware that software upgrades from the manufacturer can help maximise safety, efficiency, security, and comfort.
Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, said: “Most drivers are aware of the benefits of regular servicing, but a significant number are putting themselves at greater risk of an accident, breakdown or costly repair by not taking their car to a dealership for servicing.
“A properly maintained car is not only more fuel-efficient, but will be safer and more reliable. Putting off service and repair work is a false economy with risks and costs outweighing short-term gains.”
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