UK Drivers Risking Road Safety by Cost-Cutting Says Latest Carrentals.co.uk Research
Released on: November 23, 2011, 3:11 pm
Internet & Online
Award-winning car hire website sees Brits putting lives at
risk by ignoring tyre and brake checks ahead of winter
23 November 2011 – Carrentals.co.uk, the car hire comparator which helps people save
on rentals in over 15,000 destinations around the world, has announced the results
of a new road safety poll. The website surveyed more than 2,300 UK drivers and
discovered that 1 in 3 choose not to have their vehicle serviced due to expense and
1 in 5 have not had bald or worn tyres replaced ahead of winter.
The poll also showed that 1 in 10 motorists have changed from comprehensive to
third-party car insurance to save money while pre-winter car servicing and checks
are also being neglected; 60% of people have saved money on not getting tyres
checked while 80% haven't had their brakes checked either.
Changing brake pads regularly is usually considered a car maintenance essential, but
10% of respondents told Carrentals.co.uk that they have not done so recently to save
Gareth Robinson, managing director of Carrentals.co.uk, says: “The results of our
latest survey were somewhat concerning, as road safety is simply so important
particularly in winter. We understand that people need to make cutbacks wherever
possible but we don't advise skimping on vehicle maintenance.”
“British winters are typically hazardous on the roads and ice causes many accidents
every year. With that in mind we want people to consider where else they can make
savings rather than neglecting their car's safety, something which puts themselves
and others at risk.”
The Carrentals.co.uk poll also found that almost 1 in 3 people have traded their car
in for a cheaper to maintain model in recent times, while more than 56% now visit an
independent garage for car servicing in place of more costly authorised places.
Traditional car rescue cover has also suffered as a result of the financial crisis
according to the new Carrentals.co.uk survey. 1 in 10 people have cancelled car
rescue contracts and 3% of people confessed to driving without insurance due to the
costs of policies these days.
“People clearly need to make cutbacks wherever possible these days, and we
understand that entirely, Gareth went on. “However that is not to say that we
condone neglecting road safety. Car maintenance is essential, especially with icy
weather on the way, so we urge people to look for other ways to save money this
The award winning Carrentals.co.uk is the leading car hire comparison site comparing
the best deals from up to 50 rental companies, including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget,
Holiday Autos and Sixt. Travellers can rent a car in over 15,000 locations around the world, including car hire in Tenerife, and car hire in Lanzarote for a winter sun escape.
For more information visit www.carrentals.co.uk.
Carrentals.co.uk was launched in February 2003 and grew to become one of the UK's
leading online car hire companies by 2006.
In 2007 the company re-launched its site to create the first major online price
comparator in the travel industry. Using the latest technology the Carrentals.co.uk
site now searches up to 50 different car hire websites, providing an impartial
comparison of the best prices available in over 15,000 locations.
Websites searched include Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Ebookers, Hertz, Holiday
Autos, Opodo, Sixt and Thrifty, with the Carrentals.co.uk site quickly comparing
prices and allowing customers to refine their search by car type.
The Carrentals.co.uk site also features over 5,000 pages of travel information in a
In 2008 Carrentals.co.uk was voted Best Car Hire Website in the Travolution Awards,
and in 2010 it was Highly Commended in the Best Meta-search/Price Comparison
category. To book or for further information visit www.carrentals.co.uk
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