By Denna Bowman
Tyres are the least-checked item on a vehicle when it comes to monthly maintenance checks, according to a survey by Sainsbury’s Car Insurance.
A poll of 1,610 adults revealed that only 38% of motorists check the tread depth on their tyres and some only check their tyre pressure before making long journeys.
The survey also found that as many as 21% of motorists fail to make monthly maintenance checks on their vehicle and younger drivers are much more lax about carrying out regular overall car maintenance than older motorists.
A third of people who make no regular checks said they they do not think checks are necessary;
A total of 26% of women and 16% of men admitted to not performing basic maintenance on a monthly basis.
A regional breakdown revealed that drivers in the east of England and in London make the fewest checks, while those in the East Midlands, north east England and Scotland maintain their cars the best.
Ben Tyte, head of Sainsbury’s Car Insurance, said: “It’s simple, straightforward and requires just a few minutes to carry out basic checks, and doing so will give you peace of mind that your car is in a good condition and safe to be on the road.”