New research by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) suggests that younger drivers are more likely to neglect basic vehicle maintenance.
In a poll of 2,000 motorists, 10% of drivers aged 18-24 said they never had their vehicle serviced. By contrast, the number of over-55s claiming to never service their car was just 2%.
Further still, 57% of 18-24 year-olds were unaware that software upgrades from the manufacturer can help maximise efficiency.
SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt commented: “A significant number of drivers are putting themselves at greater risk of an accident, breakdown or costly repair by not taking their cars to a dealership for servicing.
“A properly maintained car is not only more fuel-efficient, but will be safer and more reliable. Putting off service and repair work is a false economy.
“To stay safe and keep costs down, motorists should stick to servicing schedules and have repairs carried out promptly at a manufacturer main dealer.”