A Look in the rear-view mirror at UK drivers’ know-how

It’s safe to say that none of us would get very far in our everyday lives without our vehicles. They’re integral parts of our routines: we drive to work and home at night, to see friends and do the shopping or to get away from the hustle and bustle of the inner-city world altogether.

Given how important they are, we were astonished to read the results of Halfords’ recent Car Maintenance Survey; this was a questionnaire of UK drivers that revealed the total, totally surprising extent of how shockingly little we know about keeping our cars shipshape and road-ready. Overwhelmingly, there’s a sense that drivers just aren’t aware of the risks and dangers so many car faults pose.

We’ve had a gander at Halfords’ data and taken an in-depth look at five of the most noteworthy images, with accompanying explanation and advice underneath.

1

Driving behind a chipped windscreen isn’t solely a legal hazard; it’s putting everyone in the car at a huge deal of risk.

For starters, a chipped windscreen can become easily shattered altogether by small objects like stones hurtling off of the road at a breakneck speed, which can cause immense damage to passengers and drivers. It’s startling, the speed with which a minor chip can grow into a total break.

What’s more, in the event of a collision, a weak windscreen can even prove fatal: airbags depend on windscreens to contain their inflation and a shattered windscreen renders the airbag’s protection completely void.  Any windscreen damage is essential to have immediately repaired.

2

We have about 16% of an idea why a gobsmacking 16% of 25-35 year olds don’t know where the battery is; perhaps people prefer to leave any mechanical fault for mechanics, taking no interest in their cars’ insides.

With that said, it’s hardly a big ask to expect someone to be able to point out a battery, a rocket science that a team of incredibly average babies could handle.  

3

Yet again, this one left us flabbergasted. Lacking adequate visibility and navigating the darkness unlit, you’re a danger to everyone and everything around you. It’s a reckless, careless and utterly selfish call to make. We were so surprised to learn that one in four people would consider it, particularly in London; its hectic roads are incredibly well documented, with people as much as cars.

4

For anyone remotely in the know, these stats can feel both revelatory and infuriating: being able to monitor your tyres’ condition is so important to do and so easy to learn! Halfords have compiled a nifty, comprehensive guide that anyone with any doubts at all should 100% have a look through.  5

Again, it takes such a brief amount of time take have a look over your car before you set off on a long-haul, but it’s so important to do.


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