Drivers failing to check their cars

One in five motorists (21%) fail to carry out monthly maintenance checks on their vehicles, with tyres the least-checked item, a poll has shown.

A survey of 1,610 adults found that more than a quarter (26%) of women and one in six (16%) men admit to not performing basic vehicle maintenance on a monthly basis.

The poll showed that just two in five (38%) check tyre tread depth each month, while some motorists verify the tyre pressure on their vehicle only before taking off on long journeys.

Findings revealed that younger drivers are more likely to skip regular overall car maintenance checks, with only 15% of motorists aged over 65 failing to make the monthly checks compared with 29% of those aged 18-24.

According to the survey, a third of people who do not conduct regular checks say they do not think checks are necessary.

The poll found that drivers in the east of England and in London make the fewest checks, while those in the East Midlands, north east England and Scotland maintain their cars the best.

Ben Tyte, from Sainsbury's, which carried out the research, said: "Every day we make considerations that will keep ourselves and our family healthy and safe, and we should apply the same train of thought to ensuring our cars are safe and roadworthy.

"It's simple, straightforward and requires just a few minutes to carry out basic checks, and doing so will give you peace of mind that your car is in a good condition and safe to be on the road."

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