• Young drivers not servicing their cars properly
• Many unaware that software upgrades are available
• Older drivers far more likely to maintain their car

Young drivers are negligent when it comes to servicing their cars, a survey from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says.

The SMMT polled 2,000 drivers of varying ages and found that 10 per cent of drivers aged between 18 and 24 never had their car serviced, with this figure rising to 12 per cent among drivers aged 25-34.

According to the SMMT, most drivers are aware of the benefits of servicing their car but choose not to, due to fears about the cost of maintenance. Paul Everitt, chief executive of the SMMT countered this by saying: “A properly maintained car is not only more fuel-efficient, but safer and more reliable. Putting off service and repair work is a false economy with risks and costs outweighing short-term gains.”

The young drivers’ attitude is in stark contrast to that of drivers aged over 55, only two per cent of whom fail to have their car properly maintained. Similarly, only five per cent of drivers aged between 35 and 54 don’t get their vehicle serviced properly.

The survey also highlighted the importance of software upgrades from manufacturers. These are a relatively cheap and easy way to maintain your car, but 57 per cent of 18-24 year olds are unaware that software upgrades can help to maximise the efficiency of their car. Everitt added: “Given the speed with which vehicle systems move on these days, it’s important that drivers check to see if software upgrades are available.”

By James Richardson