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Brits unprepared for frantic Friday

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Millions of Brits are unprepared for the summer holidays - with 46% admitting they have not conducted any maintenance checks on their vehicle, according to new research commissioned by Halfords Autocentres.

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Millions of Brits are unprepared for the summer holidays - with 46% admitting they have not conducted any maintenance checks on their vehicle, according to new research commissioned by Halfords Autocentres.

15% revealed they have previously broken down due to not completing routine maintenance and, as the summer holidays beckon, it's clear that motorists are not taking proper precautions.

21% have never checked their battery life, over 31% haven't checked tyre pressure in the last six months and 30% haven't checked their car's oil levels in the last six months, some of the most fundamental inspections that motorists haven't carried out ahead of the holidays.


The detailed study raises concerns about the safety of motorists.

According to UK Government stats, there are more than five million vehicle crashes recorded each year - 21 per cent of which are weather related.

Worryingly, 74% did not recognise the importance of checking the battery charge level before heading out - in fact, discharged batteries are among the most common breakdown causes.

When it comes to windscreen maintenance fortunately 73% can change the windscreen washer fluid, and 71% know how to check their windscreen wipers. Additionally, 78% said they could tell if a wiper blade needed replacing.


Halfords Autocentres Category Director Dan Williams, who commissioned the survey of 2,000 motorists, said: "It's concerning that so few people perform the relevant checks on their vehicle ahead of the summer holidays.

"Changing tyres to ensure better grip on the road and getting your brakes checked are all simple measures motorists can take if they plan to head out on a long road trip.

"Do check your car battery and top up on windscreen washer fluid before you head out. In fact it's important to take the time to check your car all over to make sure it's in the best possible condition before you set of on your holidays, or take it to a Halfords Autocentre where we can do it for you for free."

Highways England's head of road safety, Richard Leonard, said: "Breakdowns are still too common. We'd urge motorists to check their vehicles on a regular basis and this week is really important because we know that many schools break up for summer and people are setting off on holidays and getaways. "By doing the correct checks before setting off, motorists can make sure they keep everyone moving which means everyone can reach their destination safely and on time."

While Brits maybe not be clear about car maintenance, they do know where to go for advice - according to results, 32% would turn to YouTube, while 30% would turn to their car manuals as a trusted sources of information. Halfords Autocentres also offers a free checks service too.

25% also said they would go to their partner for vehicle advice.