By Oliver Hall
Millions of car owners are cutting corners to save cash – at the risk of safety on the roads, according to research by the Post Office.
Scrimping on tyres is one of the common traps motorists fall into, while almost half have put their safety and that of other drivers at risk by failing to carry out essential car maintenance.
There were 171,000 accidents on UK roads last year, 30,000 of them fatal or involving serious injury.
So it’s alarming that 29% of motorists admit to delaying their car’s service, 12% have ignored rattles or squeaks in case it cost money to repair and 11% have fitted cheap or second-hand tyres.
Richard Pennant-Jones, from the Post Office, says: “While people are saving money in the short term, they could risk invalidating their insurance policy if the car is not kept in a roadworthy condition.
“Smooth tyres, faulty brakes and defective lights can all lead to a claim not being paid out.”
Vehicle owners can save money on new tyres by ordering on the internet with etyres, the UKs leading online tyres company.
It offers a free mobile tyre fitting service which means its overheads are low and it passes savings on to customers in the form of cheaper prices – up to 40% lower than fast-fit depots.