GET your car maintenance on track or are you facing a bumpy ride?
A new quiz tests how prepared drivers are when something goes wrong with their engine.
It comes after a study of 2,000 motorists found nearly a quarter of drivers felt “uncomfortable” performing routine security checks on their car.
Checking tire pressure or fluid levels is beyond the reach of some, and only four in ten are confident they could change their wipers.
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 one’s own vehicle regularly.
Half leave the job to mechanics, while one in three rely on their partner to ensure their car is roadworthy.
Of those who have put off checking anything on their vehicle despite the flashing warning light, a tenth will do so for between one and three months – or even longer.
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 therefore happy to put off the problem 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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