British motorists will spend over £160,000 in the course of their lifetime keeping their vehicles on the road, according to new research.
They will also cover 556,764 miles – that’s the equivalent of driving round the world 22 times!
These new statistics gathered by car hire company autoeurope.co.uk offer an eye-popping insight into life on the road and underline the importance of ensuring tyres are well maintained and always in a safe and legal condition.
“The burden of car ownership is hitting drivers hard and our research proves that running a car is a huge financial commitment,” according to an Auto Europe spokesman.
“What you spend on repairs and fuel costs alone could buy you a home in most parts of the UK, not to mention tax and insurance.”
The poll found the typical Brit has a car worth £12,919 and every family owns 1.6 vehicles as an average.
According to the poll of almost 2,000 motorists, the typical British driver spends nearly £70,000 on fuel over the course of their lives. They will also rack up a bill of approximately £40,000 on MOTs, servicing and repairs, while extras such as screen wash and air freshener could tot-up to just under £2,000.
That is why it is important from a safety and financial point of view that motorists always ensure their tyres are correctly inflated, because this helps them to last longer and also boosts a vehicles fuel efficiency, which means drivers spend less money at the pumps.
Also spotting signs of damage, such as cuts, cracks and bulges, sooner rather than later can reduce the chances of a flat tyre or blow out and even enable a puncture repair to be carried out, which is much cheaper than the cost of a brand new replacement tyre.
Finally, getting caught driving on tyres which are damaged or below the minimum legal tread depth limit of 1.6mm can also land motorists with a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points.
etyres supply and fit a wide range of tyres to suit all vehicles and budgets and offer a mobile puncture repair service to help motorists stay safe and mobile on the roads for less.
Denna Bowman, Head Office