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MANY younger drivers are failing to have their car serviced and maintained correctly – letting down themselves and other road users in the process.

That’s the outcome of research by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, which polled 2,000 motorists on attitudes towards car maintenance.

It found that 10 per cent of drivers aged 18-24 claim their vehicle isn’t ever serviced, a figure which rises among 25-34 year-olds with 12 per cent of owners failing to have even basic service and repair work carried out.

By contrast, the number of over-55s claiming never to service their car is just two per cent, as well as around five per cent of 35-54 year-olds.

The research highlights the danger to which some motorists are exposing themselves, with tyres and brakes among the many safety-critical items left unchecked.

And the service-skippers risk a greater likelihood of a breakdown, reduced efficiency and increased wear and tear; issues a manufacturer main dealer can help motorists avoid.

A modern car has more computing power than the craft that took man to the moon, yet the survey highlights that most young drivers are oblivious to the benefits of upgrades to vehicle software.

In fact 57 per cent of 18-24 year-olds were unaware that software upgrades from the manufacturer can help maximise efficiency, let alone the security, safety and comfort benefits.

SMMT chief Paul Everitt said: “Most drivers are aware of the benefits of regular servicing, but a significant number of drivers are putting themselves at greater risk of an accident, breakdown or costly repair by not taking their cars to a dealership for servicing.

“A properly maintained car is not only more fuel-efficient, but will be safer and more reliable. Putting off service and repair work is a false economy with risks and costs outweighing short-term gains.

“To stay safe and keep costs down, motorists should stick to servicing schedules and have repairs carried out promptly at a manufacturer main dealer.”

Author: Mike Torpey
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