Survey Reveals Young Drivers Risking 7K in Fines on Poorly Serviced Cars

Select Car Leasing conducted a survey of 1,200 British drivers and revealed that 18-24 year old motorists are lacking key maintenance and legal motoring knowledge, risking an eye-watering £7,200 in fines and repair costs – that many can’t afford.

Key findings include:

  • 72% of 18-24 year olds are unaware of how to check their brake pads. Failing to do so can allow the brakes to thin and become worn, and come with a repair cost of £300. Continuing to neglect them can result in overheating and brake failure, thus endangering the safety of the driver and other motorists.
  • Almost 50% of young motorists are unaware of how to check tread depth – risking a potential fine of £2,500 per tyre and a £200 repair cost. In comparison, just one in ten drivers aged 65 or over stated they didn’t know how to carry out this task.
  • Almost 1/3 of 18-24 year old motorists don’t know how to check tyre pressure – which could result in overheating and a nasty accident.
  • 27% aren’t aware of how to check engine oil levels, which if left can cause extensive damage to the engine. If left, this can led to a repair cost of £1,000.
  • Young UK adults are relying on older, unreliable cars to get by – with only 3% likely to be driving a safer new model.
  • Polite or Naïve? 7 in 10 young motorists could be accidentally admitting guilt by apologising after a collision.
  • Almost 4 in 10 young adults either don’t have breakdown cover or are unaware if they do. Without the correct cover in place, many young motorists are risking having to pay a £250 towaway charge if their car gives up on them.
  • Young motorists are phoning the wrong people in the case of an accident – an overwhelming proportion of younger drivers are likely to call a family member, rather than call 999 or 101 to properly report the incident.
  • Only ½ of 18-24 year olds know how to carry out simple windscreen wiper maintenance, which, if left unchecked, could lead to a scratched windscreen and a repair bill of up to £100.
  • On average, less than one in ten 18 – 24 year olds maintain their car at the recommended frequency, if at all – less than 1 in 10 young adults maintain their car according to the correct schedule advised by Michelin and other authorities, the lowest scores of all age ranges by a substantial margin.

The survey results raise strong questions about how younger drivers can be better informed on simple car maintenance checks. With over half staring at an empty piggy bank, they are in dire need of education around simple car maintenance tasks to provide the self-sufficiency that will help them to avoid racking up huge car repair bills.

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