Confused.com Reveals Motor Maintenance Ignorance Endangers The Safety Of Others
Released on: October 11, 2011, 1:30 pm
Confused.com has revealed that drivers know very little about
car maintenance with a worrying 72% unaware how to check brake fluid
levels, leaving them in potential danger at the wheel.
Moreover, 69% of motorists have no clue how to check their engine coolant, a fluid
which prevents a vehicle from overheating and if left unchecked can cause serious
damage to the motor.
In fact, 57% of drivers don't even know how to change a tyre, while 47% are also
unable to even locate the jack.
As Car Care week kicks off, Confused.com is urging drivers to take the time to get
to know their motors and keep their cars roadworthy in a bid to keep Britain’s
drivers and pedestrians safe.
Motorists are so laid-back about car maintenance that 48% haven't even looked at
their car manual, but with over 28.5 million cars on the road, Brake the road safety
charity and Confused.com are urging drivers to love their cars more in a bid to cut
down on accidents.
Katie Shephard, spokesperson for road safety charity, Brake, said: "Driving is one
of the most dangerous things people do on a daily basis. It's vital that all
drivers are doing regular maintenance checks of their vehicle to ensure they are
safe on the road. Shockingly, five people are killed and a further 65 are seriously
injured on UK roads every day. Brake urges all drivers to check their vehicle
regularly to ensure they're not endangering their lives, and the lives of innocent
Gareth Kloet, Confused.com Head of Car Insurance added: "Car maintenance is
essential. We all love a bit of TLC so don't forget your cars need a helping hand
to. A lack of car maintenance can cause road safety issues and 72% of drivers don't
know how to check their brake fluid. If a car has insufficient brake fluid, air can
get into the brake lines and your vehicles ultimately could stop working and cause
serious problems, not only for you but also for others.
"Make sure you do regular checks on your car and also ensure you have breakdown
cover just in case the worst happens.Shop around for the breakdown cover you need as costs can vary greatly
between providers; a comparison site is a great way to do this."
To encourage the nation to care for its cars, Confused.com has put together a car
maintenance video offering a solution
to some of the problems highlighted.
Confused.com is one of the UK’s biggest and most popular price comparison services.
Launched in 2002, it generates over one million quotes per month. It has expanded
its range of comparison products over the last couple of years to include home
insurance, travel insurance, pet insurance, van insurance, motorbike insurance,
breakdown cover and energy, as well as financial services products including credit
cards, loans, mortgages and life insurance.
Confused.com is not a supplier, insurance company or broker. It provides a free,
objective and unbiased comparison service. By using cutting-edge technology, it has
developed a series of intelligent web-based solutions that evaluate a number of risk
factors to help customers with their decision-making, subsequently finding them
great deals on a wide-range of insurance products, financial services, utilities and
more. Confused.com’s service is based on the most up-to-date information provided by
UK suppliers and industry regulators.
Confused.com is owned by the Admiral Group plc. Admiral listed on the London Stock
Exchange in September 2004. Confused.com is regulated by the FSA.
Confused.com press office
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