The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

WE ARE NA­TION’S SLACK­EST DRIV­ERS

- JACKIE SINNERTON

QUEENS­LAND driv­ers are the big­gest dip­sticks in the na­tion with more than any other state ad­mit­ting to driv­ing death trap cars in a bid to save a dol­lar.

And half the pop­u­la­tion who drive more ad­vanced au­to­mated ve­hi­cles are so clue­less they think the car looks af­ter it­self – never check­ing ba­sics such as oil, wa­ter or tyre pres­sure un­til a warn­ing flashes on the dash.

The deadly com­bi­na­tion of ig­no­rance and pen­nypinch­ing is high­lighted in ex­clu­sive data re­leased to­day.

“In an age when our roads are sat­u­rated with ve­hi­cles, it is wor­ry­ing that the ma­jor­ity of car own­ers sim­ply do not care about their own safety or that of other driv­ers on the roads,” Aus­tralian Road Safety Foun­da­tion CEO Rus­sell White said.

The re­search com­mis­sioned ahead of Tread Safely Week’s east coast road­show, which kicks off in Queens­land to­day, re­veals 55 per cent of driv­ers ad­mit to driv­ing on un­safe tyres due to lack of m money, lack of time a and lack of con­cern.

Women’s at­tit tudes to driv­ing safety fared slightly bet­ter than men, they scored sig­nif­i­cantly lower in mecha ani­cal knowl­edge.

Ni­cola Watkins (pic­tured), 21, from Hen­dra, ser­vices her c car ev­ery six months. “I am no ex­pert but I do know where wa­ter and oil goes. I have never changed a tyre but think I could if I had to,” she said.

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