Your car is probably one of your most important accessories, so why ignore one of the most important parts that keep you motor running effectively?
Oil changes are one of the most forgotten about necessities when driving a car. Oil loses its effectiveness over time and checking your levels will help keep prevent damage to your car and will lower the risk of higher fuel and repair bills.
According to a survey by Kwik Fit, 3.7 million drivers in the UK believe it is acceptable to wait more than three years until changing the oil in their car’s engine, whilst others never bother to change their oil. It is recommended that you give your car an oil change once every 12 months and to check your oil levels around twice a year and at recommended service intervals.
Whilst 68% of drivers over the age of 65 change their oil every 12 months or less, young drivers are far less aware. In fact, 51% of 18- to 24-year olds admitted to not replacing their car’s oil when they should, with female drivers being nearly three times more likely to be unaware of how frequently their car’s oil is changed than male motorists.
Roger Griggs, director of communications at Kwik Fit, commented: ‘These results are alarming, with many motorists admitting they pay very little attention to what is happening under their car’s bonnet. These findings only confirm that more needs to be done to ensure people are aware of the problems and expense that neglecting regular oil changes can lead to.’
It appears that is mostly young drivers who are most guilty for neglecting their oil levels, so to ensure your car continues to take you safely from A to B, check your oil at least once every 12 months!
Authored by Catherine Moranda.