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Young drivers are more likely to avoid car servicing

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The Society of Motor Manufactures and Traders (SMMT) have conducted new research that has revealed that young drivers are more likely to avoid car servicing.  

Car servicing is an annual service, usually with a garage, which is a way of checking that a vehicle is working correctly and a chance for basic checks to be carried out. The car is checked thoroughly for any problems that may need fixing. Not having a car serviced can potentially put drivers at risk as well as other motorists on the roads.

The research revealed that 10% of drivers aged 18-24 admitted that their car had never been serviced and 12% of 25-34 year olds failed to complete a basic service or undertake any repair work on their car. Comparing this to older drivers, there were only 5% of 35-54 year olds who admitted to not servicing their car and just 2% of drivers over 55.

Properly maintaining a car can prove to be more fuel-efficient, more reliable and safer for drivers and others on the roads. Deciding not to carry out a car service could prove to be expensive in the long run, with repairs costing more than they would have if they had been fixed earlier.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt commented on the results: “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.

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

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By Amanda Bainbridge