The cost of living crisis in the UK has forced people to review their spending habits, cutting costs where they can to save those extra pennies.

As a result, more drivers in the UK have been delaying their key vehicle checks like servicing and maintenance to save money.

Data commissioned by IAM RoadSmart, the UK’s leading independent road safety charity, claims that around 75% of drivers aged between 18-34 and 15% of all drivers are putting off spending money on servicing and maintenance, with 30% holding off changing their oil.

Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research at IAM RoadSmart said, “This study shows that drivers are already making difficult choices about what they can and cannot afford, which could negatively impact the environment, their safety and the safety of other road users.”

“Servicing doesn’t just look good in a log book, it’s there for a reason, and can pick up a range of issues which could present safety risks to drivers, if not spotted.

“It also ensures that your car’s engine is running as efficiently as possible, so ignoring servicing guidelines could cost you more in the long run in repairs or increased fuel consumption.

“Likewise, tyre health has a hugely important role to play in car and road safety. Tyres with low-tread depth have less road grip, and might be illegal, so it is of concern that motorists are sadly having to put off these vital repairs.

“There is no doubt that as living costs rise, motorists are feeling the squeeze, but we urge drivers to consider the safety implications of avoiding vital repairs, especially any which may be a legal requirement and could lead to more expensive costs down the line – or worse, risking their lives or other road users. Key behaviour changes, such as driving more economically to reduce fuel consumption, can be a way to cut costs without cutting safety.”

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