Unipart Automotive Urge Motorists To Complete Regular Vehicle Checks To Improve Road Safety

Motorists are putting their safety at risk by failing to complete regular vehicle checks, according to car part and servicing giant Unipart Automotive.

A survey from Unipart Automotive and Omnicar, Synovate’s specialist motoring omnibus research study, found that regular car maintenance by motorists has fallen by a quarter since 2001. The survey polled more than 53,000 motorists over four years.

In 2001, the average British motorist visited service and repair outlets 1.8 times a year to get their vehicle checked. This figure has dropped to an average of 1.4 visits in 2005.

The survey also reveals a steady decline in the number of British motorists carrying out regular DIY checks on their car. In 2001, nearly one in three motorists (30 per cent) regularly completed their own vehicle safety checks to review tyre tread depth, shock absorbers, brake pads and brake lights. This figure dropped to 22 per cent in 2005 contributing to a rise in the number of motorists that are unnecessarily endangering themselves and others on the roads.

To help raise awareness about the importance of regular vehicle safety checks Unipart Automotive has produced an essential guide to road safety in association with charity Brake for Road Safety Week this year (November 7 - 13).

The road safety guide, featuring top tips on vehicle maintenance and safe driving advice is available at www.uccc.co.uk.

Spokesperson for Unipart Automotive, Andrew Daly, said: "The survey shows a huge decline in the number of motorists willing to carry out simple safety checks on their cars. We are urging motorists to put safety first by following some simple steps that could really make a difference.

"It is important that we view car checks as part of our life routine of keeping healthy and safe. As a driver you should be aware about the crucial link between car maintenance and road safety. We hope motorists will refer to our safety guide to help themselves and others stay safe on the roads."

Mary Williams OBE, chief executive of Brake, the road safety charity, says: "Bald tyres, faulty brakes and broken lights cost lives. Anyone who drives a vehicle without checking it is in full working order is taking a big risk. The information packs being provided by Brake and Unipart will help drivers keep themselves, their passengers and other road users safe."

Brake is a national registered charity dedicated to preventing death and injury on the roads and caring for road crash victims. For more information about Road Safety Week, go to www.brake.org.uk

10 November 2005 Staff

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