Car checks over­looked

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

MORE than two thirds of Perth driv­ers are risk­ing the safety of them­selves and oth­ers by fail­ing to per­form ba­sic car checks prior to road trips.

A re­cent sur­vey of 1000 driv­ers found 66 per cent of peo­ple do not check their tyre tread depth be­fore set­ting off on a road trip.

Eighty per cent of driv­ers do not check their car’s oil lev- els are suf­fi­cient and 68 per cent of re­spon­dents do not check their brakes are work­ing prop­erly.

With one in five ex­pected to make a long trip over Christ­mas, Driver Safety Aus­tralia’s Rus­sell White said the checks were nec­es­sary, even if the ve­hi­cle passed its reg­u­lar ser­vice.

“It’s es­sen­tial to en­sure that the car is in full work­ing or­der be­fore set­ting off on any long jour­ney and even more crit­i­cal at a time when the roads will be chock-a-block,” he said. “Even ba­sic checks could save you in the event of a crash.”

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Driver Safety Aus­tralia’s Rus­sell White said ve­hi­cle checks are nec­es­sary be­fore long trips.

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