Road safety experts at Brake have warned keeping a car safe has “never been more important” before urging drivers to check their cars as often as they can. The comments come after a new report from Brake and Green Flag reveals one in ten motorists have never performed a safety check on their vehicles despite the risk.
This figure increased to more than a third of those aged between 18 and 34 despite the safety dangers.
The joint Green Flag and Brake report says motorists weekly checks should involve looking at wiper blades, wheel fixings and topping up oil, water and fluids.
Motorists should also ensure tyres meet the minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm although Brake recommends this to be 3mm to give better traction on wet weather.
Tyre pressures should also be checked as often as possible while checks should also be made for any cracks, bulges or bubbles developing on the rubber.
This could see fines increase to £5,000 while nine penalty points and a temporary driving ban may also be issued.
Dewan Keeling, Managing Director at Green Flag has also warned ignoring damages could result in more expensive repairs in the long run.
This is because continued wear on an already damaged part could lead to further issues which will increase motorists total repair bills.
He said: “Driving a faulty car is a huge issue. Not only is it likely to be illegal but it is dangerous for you, your passengers and other road users.
“Ignoring a vehicle part that needs fixing is likely to make things worse, ending up costing more money in the long run.
“Green Flag understands that drivers have differing degrees of mechanical knowledge when it comes to cars but while it is crucial that you know how to drive a car; it is also your responsibility to maintain it.
“Keeping your vehicle in good working condition as opposed to driving an unroadworthy unsafe car could be the difference between getting to your destination safely or the cause of an avoidable crash and serious injury or worse.”
Published at Tue, 16 Jun 2020 08:50:00 +0000