Drivers are being warned about the dangers of ignoring basic vehicle faults after research found that issues such as worn tyres, defective brakes and faulty lights contribute to a number of road traffic accidents in the UK.
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is campaigning to make people aware of the risks they pose to themselves and others by failing to maintain their vehicles properly.
UK road fatalities
More than half of motorists say concerns over maintenance costs cause them to ignore important vehicle checks and regular servicing at garages.
Around 2,000 people are killed every year on UK roads, with mechanical or maintenance-related problems contributing to around 5% of these, according to the IMI.
BBC One F1 presenter Suzi Perry is fronting the IMI’s campaign, in which a series of short videos show how easy it is to carry out basic checks such as changing the engine oil and checking the tyre tread, as well as ensuring vehicles are roadworthy for the winter
IMI CEO Steve Nash says many motorists ignore basic faults on their vehicles because they do not know how to handle them or they fear garages will take advantage of their lack of knowledge.
But he warns the cost of not carrying out important checks and getting cars regularly serviced can be fatal.
He is urging drivers to search the IMI Professional Register to find properly qualified and trustworthy local mechanics who they can rely on to carry out car maintenance and repairs to ensure their safety and their family’s safety.
“Our wish is that every driver should be safe over the festive period,” he says.
Source: Institute of the Motor Industry
Date Published: January 13, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown