Most UK drivers delay essential car checks

Mechanic doing essential car check

How quickly do you get problems with your car fixed? New research reveals most UK drivers wait more than just a few days to resolve issues with their vehicle…

Drivers don’t fix their car soon enough

Some 42% of drivers get car issues sorted a few days after noticing there’s a problem – but 58% admit they wait longer to address them.

Perhaps more worryingly, 2% confess they never get issues checked at all, the Euro Car Parts survey of 2,000 drivers found.

The study also highlights the essential car checks most commonly ignored by motorists. Interestingly, horn performance and battery performance come joint top, with 38% saying they never check these.

Checking horn performance is very simple, with a quick push on the steering wheel centre or stalk – and not doing so can lead drivers to fail their MOT. Meanwhile, checking battery performance is also critical, as leaving a car stationary for longer periods (especially in winter) can drain it and prevent a vehicle from starting.

Checking for signs of rust is another easy check, yet one being ignored by a third (33%) of drivers. Addressing this early is fairly cheap, whereas sorting it later could leave drivers seriously out of pocket.

Checking the cooling liquid system (29%) and checking engine oil levels (11%) also made the top four essential car checks that are commonly ignored.

Check your car to keep it roadworthy

Helen Robinson, corporate communications director at Euro Car Parts, said: “Car maintenance can be difficult to keep on top of, but not addressing important issues can lead to an expensive breakdown, and could even make your vehicle dangerous to drive.

“We understand maintenance can sometimes be confusing, and if you’re unsure of how to do it yourself, you can always visit your local garage for assistance with fitting your parts.”

To ensure you keep yourself and others safe on the roads this winter, see our thorough guide on how to check if your car is roadworthy.