Research finds worn tyres, faulty brakes and defective lights contribute to UK road causalities
Drivers are being warned about the perils of ignoring basic vehicle malfunctions.
Approximately 2,000 people are killed annually on UK roads, with mechanical or maintenance related defects causing up to a tenth of all fatalities, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has stated.
Studies by the IMI shows that over 50% of drivers state that worries over the cost of maintenance lead them to ignore vital vehicle checks and regular servicing at garages.
Pointing to a number of ways to avoid common mechanical causes of crashes, BBC One presenter Suzi Perry has teamed up with the IMI to create short videos demonstrating how easy it is to carry out rudimentary checks.
Steve Nash of the IMI said: “Many drivers ignore basic problems with their vehicles because they don’t know how to correct them or they fear garages will exploit their lack of knowledge. The cost of not carrying out important checks and regularly servicing your car has proven to be fatal.”
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