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A quarter of drivers feel uncomfortable with routine checks – test your knowledge

A quiz was created to test drivers how well prepared they are for things to go wrong. Are you a maintenance manager or do you have a “flat tire”?

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Are you a maintenance master?

Do you have a handle on car maintenance or are you facing a bumpy ride?

A quiz was created to test drivers how well prepared they are for things to go wrong. Are you a maintenance manager or do you have a “flat tire”?

How often do you check your tire pressure and have you ever read your car manual or owner’s manual?

It comes after a study of 2,000 motorists found nearly a quarter of drivers felt “uncomfortable” performing routine security checks on their car.

Even checking tire pressure or fluid levels is beyond the reach of some, with only four in ten believing they could change their wipers.







Almost a fifth say they have postponed checks – even with warning lights on
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And almost a fifth have put off routine checks on their vehicle despite a warning light on their dashboard.

The findings raise serious questions about the safety of British cars – and how motorists might be putting their own – and others’ lives at risk.

Fixter, who commissioned the research and created the quiz, said: “It is disturbing to see so many being unable to carry out basic maintenance on their cars.

“This is not just a financial issue – the phrase ‘one stitch in time saves nine’ is extremely relevant to cars – it also poses huge safety issues.

“A tire burst due to insufficient tread or driving with insufficient oil can lead to serious accidents.”

The survey also found that more than a quarter (29 percent) never personally check their engine’s coolant level.

And 22 percent don’t bother to see how much oil their engine has at the moment – they’re more likely to check their washer fluid (14 percent).

Nevertheless, eight out of ten consider it dangerous not to check their vehicle regularly.

But half leave the jobs to mechanics, while one in three rely on their partner to ensure their car is roadworthy.

Of those who have put off checking something on their vehicle despite a flashing warning light, a tenth put up with it for between one and three months – or even longer.







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While 28 percent put off investigating an in-car warning light because they don’t know what they’re doing, and 27 percent are “terrified of what they might find” if they investigate further.

And four in 10 felt their car was not in imminent danger of breakdown and were happy to save the issue for another day, according to OnePoll data.

It also found that 16 percent of drivers drive their car every day, typically driving up to 50 miles.

Fixter’s spokesperson added: “During the pandemic we saw a significant drop in car use as people were confined to their homes.

“But now that the world has opened up again, vehicle use is returning to where it once was, with millions using their cars multiple times each day.

“There has never been a better time than now to ensure your car is safe to drive with just a few safety checks absolutely anyone can learn.

“Besides these little safety checks, it’s also important to have your car properly serviced by a professional to keep it safe and retain its resale value.”

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