Pre-holiday trip tech check worry
Almost half of drivers that take their cars on holiday do not treat it to simple, but vital, safety inspections, before heading off, according to a YouGov survey, commissioned by The Motor Ombudsman.
Conducted online, the study of over 1,600 British motorists revealed that female drivers are also less keen than their male counterparts to check that everything is in good working order.
Perhaps predictably, the over-55s are the most conscientious, when it comes to making sure that their car is up to scratch for long trips, with 86% of them either having their car checked professionally, or taking a look at it themselves.
In the event of an emergency, almost 60% of respondents admitted proficiency in using manufacturer-supplied on-board breakdown kits, such as a jack or tyre sealant, in the event of a puncture, but only 18% of them have the confidence to tackle roadside emergencies without having to call on professional assistance.
When it comes to preparing for the unforeseen, nearly half of all drivers (45%) surveyed undertake no research on garages near their holiday destination.
Bill Fennell, Chief Ombudsman and Managing Director of The Motor Ombudsman, commented:
“With cars becoming increasingly complex as technology evolves, it can be daunting for some to peer under the bonnet and to determine if their vehicle is fit for their holiday. For added peace of mind, it’s always best for a professional to cast an expert eye over the car to give it the full stamp of approval. Equally essential is that the garage is signed up to a recognised CTSI-approved Code of Practice for servicing and repair, such as that of The Motor Ombudsman. This gives motorists all-important confidence that their vehicle is in safe and in qualified hands before going away.”