Young drivers putting off car maintenance

JonathanMay 28, 2014

A new survey has shown that many young drivers are foregoing the necessary spots of vehicle maintenance to ensure their car or van is safe for the road. Although this may sound like a small complaint, there are very real and serious consequences should you neglect your car for months – or years – on end.

Keeping your car in tip-top shape is important, especially if you have a model that is a good few years old. A new survey from Evans Halshaw has found that more than two-thirds (69 per cent) of drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 put off car maintenance. However, older doesn't necessarily mean wiser, as the same number of 25 to 34 years olds delayed vehicle upkeep.

Ignorance isn't bliss either, as 68 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds believed that neglecting their car maintenance would increase their risk of having an accident.

Overall, more than half (52 per cent) of motorists have put off simple car maintenance, indicating it is a habit affecting most people behind the wheel.

Although cost was cited as the main issue by 62 per cent of respondents, more than half (52 per cent) of younger drivers said the hassle of finding a garage to visit at a convenient time was the reason they neglected their wheels.

Commenting on the survey, Emma Pochin, aftersales marketing leader at Evans Halshaw, said: “Regular maintenance is key to staying safe on the roads – not just for the driver but passengers and other road users. Our workshop technicians carry out a free vehicle health check with every car they see and many customers are surprised by how worn their tyres and brakes are. As a lot of people drive every day, they don’t notice a gradual change in their stopping distances or braking performance.”

Of course, getting your hands on a new car or van means that you have less to worry about when it comes to vehicle maintenance, with car leasing taking more off your mind.

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