Motorists Risk Safety By Skipping Maintenance
Kwik Fit Reveals Alarming Survey Results
Alarming news. Kwik Fit has claimed that thirty-nine percent of motorists are considering skipping their next service. That could be dangerous. Why? Because maintenance helps keep vehicles safe and reliable. Furthermore, motorists from the South West are the most likely to ignore best practice (forty-five percent). This is followed by those in the: North West (forty-four percent), London (forty-three), Eastern England (forty-two), East Midlands (forty-one), Wales (forty), South East (thirty-six), Yorkshire & Humberside (thirty-six), North East (thirty-six), West Midlands (thirty-four) and Scotland (twenty-two). Worryingly, it seems that - irrespective of servicing - some people have an irresponsible attitude to their safety and that of others. As such, Kwik Fit has revealed that ten percent “never” check their tyres and fifteen percent have a brake problem they are “not actively looking to repair”. Brake problems should, of course, be picked-up during the MOT but vehicles less than three years old are exempt from this yearly safety inspection.
Kwik Fit Director Discusses Vehicle Maintenance
Roger Griggs, Director of Communications at Kwik Fit, said: “It is very concerning to find that so many motorists are thinking of skipping their next service – especially considering the number of drivers who don’t make their own checks on their car. Tyres, brakes and lights are all crucial to road safety so it is vitally important that they are regularly checked, and not just left until the MOT is due.”
Reasons To Service A Vehicle
Naturally, safety is the main reason to maintain a vehicle. Why? Because part of the service might be to remove corrosion from the brake discs so they perform to a higher standard. A service inspection also identifies small problems before they become expensive. For example, an oil leak from the transmission might be fixed via a low cost gasket – but if left the gearbox could run dry and tear itself to pieces. That could be dangerous. Furthermore, a properly maintained car is nicer to use than an unloved one. As such the engine should produce the correct amount of power, the clutch should be properly adjusted, and it should cruise in a straight line without pulling. Finally, a vehicle that has a full service history is – with other factors equal – worth more than an identical one without. As such, maintenance slows depreciation which can be a major expense. A stamped service book also helps prove that the odometer reading is correct. That is good news for both buyers and sellers. Service schedules vary from vehicle to vehicle, but a reasonable guide is every ten-thousand miles/twelve months (whichever is sooner).