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Young drivers 'fail to check cars'

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Older motorists are more concerned about car maintenance than their younger counterparts, research has shown.

According to a survey by Sainsbury's Car Insurance, only 15% of drivers aged above 65 missed out on monthly maintenance checks, while around three in 10 (29%) motorists between 18 and 24 years of age failed to perform regular checks on their cars.

Overall, around one in five (21%) motorists failed to put their car to a basic monthly test, the poll of 1,610 adults found. Around a third of these people reasoned they do not think checks are necessary every month.

Tyres were the most neglected items when it came to car maintenance.

Female drivers were found to be more lax about car maintenance than men, with around a quarter (26%) of women - compared to just 16% of men - admitting to skipping the monthly check.

Ben Tyte, head of Sainsbury's Car Insurance, said: "Every day we make considerations that will keep ourselves and our family healthy and safe, and we should apply the same train of thought to ensuring our cars are safe and roadworthy.

"It's simple, straightforward and requires just a few minutes to carry out basic checks, and doing so will give you peace of mind that your car is in a good condition and safe to be on the road."

© Press Association 2011