Industry body issues winter safety warning

Study finds worn tyres, defective brakes and faulty lights contribute to UK road causalities

Industry body issues winter safety warning
Car owners are being warned about the dangers of ignoring basic vehicle faults.

Around 2,000 people are killed every year on UK roads with mechanical or maintenance related problems contributing to ten per cent of fatalities, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has warned.

IMI research shows that over half of drivers say worries over maintenance costs cause them to ignore important vehicle checks and regular servicing at garages.

Highlighting a number of ways to avoid common mechanical causes of accidents, BBC One F1 presenter, Suzi Perry, has joined the IMI to produce short videos demonstrating how easy it is to carry out basic checks.

IMI CEO, Steve Nash said: “Many people ignore basic faults on their vehicles because they don’t know how to handle them or they fear garages will take advantage of their lack of knowledge.

“The cost of not carrying out important checks and getting your car regularly serviced has proven to be fatal.”

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