What motoring precautions do you take before travelling?
Almost two thirds (64%) of motorists are planning a driving holiday this year. But, according to recent figures, a quarter (25%) of all drivers have no intention of getting their vehicle checked before making their trip. This is despite the fact that almost half (42%) say they know that they have at least one minor issue with their car already.
According to the survey by OSV, the results are rather worrying, with many drivers listing existing problems in the following areas:
- AC gas refill
- Broken mirror
- Scratched paint
- Wash wipe
- Smeary wipers
- Dent/minor bump
- Non-working windows
Bucking expectations slightly, it seems that those taking the most precautions with their cars before embarking on long trips are new drivers, with 33% saying that they had concerns about the journey. Those concerns are obviously banished pretty quickly however, with 19% of motorists in their 20s being willing to ‘wing it’ and take problems as they come rather than taking preventative measures beforehand.
For those who do take car precautions before travel, the survey also revealed that there is a divide in the sexes. While women are just as likely as men to want to get their car checked over, they were far more likely to delegate the task to male family members, rather than trying to tackle to problem themselves, or seeking professional help.
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OSV’s Debbie Kirkley said: “Car maintenance can be tedious, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing, so I understand why people take risks, but for me it’s simply not worth the stress. The idea of breaking down in a foreign country with a car full of kids is one of my worst nightmares! I’d much rather plan ahead and visit a mechanic before I travel, perhaps even book in for a service – it’s generally cheaper that way too.”
While you might not want to check for everything, there are certain areas to looking into before any long journey:
- Wiper wash
- Tyre pressure
- Tyre tread
It’s impossible to cover all eventualities, but if the basics are in order you’re far more likely to have a hassle-free holiday, and a healthy car at the end of it.