As the harsh winter months approach, it is more important than ever to get cars running properly and effectively. The new survey found that 1 in 3 respondents chose to postpone needed servicing to their cars because their budgets were too tight. Brits are cutting back in every department, but this really increases the risk factor with winter driving.
Carrentals.co.uk discovered that more than half of those questioned decided to use independent garages for servicing instead of an authorised one, while almost 1 in 3 has replaced their cars with cheaper ones hoping to cut back on operating costs. Insurance cover is also taking a hit, with 1 in 10 cancelling their rescue coverage or dropping from comprehensive to third party cover, and 3% have failed to renew their car insurance altogether because they didn’t have enough money.
Gareth Robinson, managing director of Carrentals.co.uk, says: “Our recent survey clearly shows that UK drivers are feeling forced to drop insurance cover and delay needed car repairs due to money issues. The economic slump is an unfortunate reality, but motorists need to realise the importance of keeping their cars in good condition."
“This is particularly true during the winter months. Even if you only focus on the tyres and brakes, these two components can go a long way to increasing your safety on the road this winter. It’s not just your safety, but that of the other drivers as well. We truly recommend that everyone keep their car maintenance at the top of their list of budget priorities.”
Sometimes the problem is that drivers simply don’t pay attention to the condition of their cars. As winter approaches it’s the ideal time to give everything a good check. The survey discovered that 8 out of 10 motorists never inspect their brakes and 6 out of 10 don’t keep an eye on their tyres. Self-monitoring is the easiest way to avoid a potential accident, and it’s free. But when a real trouble spot presents itself it’s vital to get it repaired. Shockingly, more than 20% of respondents who knew their tyres were dangerously worn chose not to replace them, and 10% passed on getting their brakes done due to the cost.
“Keeping your car in proper driving condition is a prime responsibility for every car owner,” adds Gareth. “By knowingly not repairing major parts like tyres or brakes you are putting both yourself and others in real danger, especially in the slick winter months. The costs are unpleasant, to be sure, but simply must be factored in the budget when parts reach the breaking point.”
The award winning Carrentals.co.uk is the leading car hire comparison site comparing the best deals from up to 50 rental companies, including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt. Travellers can rent a car in over 15,000 locations around the world, including car hire in Tenerife, and car hire in Lanzarote for a winter sun escape.
For more information visit www.carrentals.co.uk.
Carrentals.co.uk was launched in February 2003 and grew to become one of the UK's leading online car hire companies by 2006.
In 2007 the company re-launched its site to create the first major online price comparator in the travel industry. Using the latest technology the Carrentals.co.uk site now searches up to 50 different car hire websites, providing an impartial comparison of the best prices available in over 15,000 locations.
Websites searched include Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Ebookers, Hertz, Holiday Autos, Opodo, Sixt and Thrifty, with the Carrentals.co.uk site quickly comparing prices and allowing customers to refine their search by car type.
The Carrentals.co.uk site also features over 5,000 pages of travel information in a mini-guide format.
In 2008 Carrentals.co.uk was voted Best Car Hire Website in the Travolution Awards, and in 2010 it was Highly Commended in the Best Meta-search/
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