You might be tempted to undergo basic car maintenance training in Uxbridge or elsewhere after hearing that there are 21 million faulty vehicles being driven on our roads. What if your car was one of them? Would you know what to do if a fault reared its head?
A study from breakdown cover provider Green Flag has found that an average of £574 a year is spent by drivers on car repairs, but 47 per cent of these could actually have been cheaper if the issue in question had been taken care of sooner, the Birmingham Mail reports.
When questioned about how long it takes them to have car repairs carried out, drivers said they wait an average of ten weeks before the problems are addressed.
The most common car faults – so ones you might want to keep an eye out for – were revealed as being battery issues, making rattling noises, engine issues, broken heating or air conditioning, broken parts like jammed seatbelts or glove boxes not closing, window motor/regulator lagging or jamming, alternator problems like car stalls or problems starting, and the gearbox jamming.
Head of automotive technology with Green Flag Nick Reid said: “Driving a faulty car is a huge issue. Not only is it dangerous for you, your passengers and other drivers on the road; not getting issues seen to only makes them worse, which means a bigger bill for you. This research indicates that many drivers have a ‘fault filter’ and are switching off to the problems before getting them seen to.
“We are advising that everyone checks their cars with a knowledgeable family member or friend to ensure that they’re running normally and, if they aren’t, that they get them fixed before the problem worsens.”
From next month (May), changes to the way that MOTs are carried out will be introduced around the UK, affecting cars, motorbikes, vans and other light passenger vehicles. Test faults will soon be classified as minor, major and dangerous, with the latter two meaning an automatic fail… so keeping on top of any faults as they present themselves would be a good idea from now on.
There will also be more stringent rules in place for diesel cars and any cars with diesel particulate filters that emit smoke of any colour during the tests will be given a major fault and will automatically fail.
It’s all part of the European Union Roadworthiness Package, a new EU directive designed to drivers do the right thing and take affirmative action where their cars are concerned. Discussing the changes, Simon Williams of the RAC was quoted by Auto Express as saying that the fear is that many drivers may be confused by the changes because failures will be less black and white, and testers will need to decide for themselves what class to place faults under.
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