One leading provider of discount car insurance in the UK has recently issued a warning to drivers about the potential long term costs and dangers of neglecting to comply with regulations concerning basic car maintenance.
Motor car insurance provider Swinton recently conducted a survey of 1,200 motorists, finding that 23 per cent of respondents would have no idea if their tyre tread was less than the depth mandated by regulation. The law states that, across the tyre’s central width, the tread depth must be a minimum of 1.6 millimetres. Not only is it the law, it’s also a good idea in regards to safety, as tyres that have been worn have a much higher likelihood to skid.
Swinton’s survey also found that a surprising 31 per cent of motorists check their tyre pressure regularly. Like many car insurance companies, Swinton states that pumping tyres correctly will preserve the life of the tyres significantly and also save as much as 10 per cent in regards to additional fuel efficiency.
The online poll also found that 27 per cent of respondents neglect to pay attention to dashboard signals, despite the fact that these signals are how a car can demonstrate to a driver that something is amiss; ignoring these signals can sometimes result in an expensive fix down at the garage.
Swinton has also issued an advisory to drivers in regards to getting their car regularly serviced. 29 per cent of those surveyed stated that they only submit to an MOT because of its compulsory nature for cars three years old or older. However in order to maintain a car running at its most efficient, regular services are indeed a requirement.