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Only 1 in 4 drivers carry out safety checks before long journeys


New research shows that British motorists try to avoid the stresses that can be attributed to long drives by planning their journey ahead of time; mapping out routes, getting a breakdown kit and checking insurance cover. In fact only 1% of motorists admitted they don’t plan at all.

  • Only 1 in 4 (25%) of drivers prioritise maintenance checks (oil, tyre pressure, washer fluid etc.) before a long journey.
  • Women appear to plan more for the potential risks; checking they have the right insurance (21%) and breakdown kit (20%).
  • Compared to 42% of men who focus their attention on mechanical preparations; check oil, tyre pressure and servicing is up to-date.
  • One per cent of Brits admit to not planning at all for long car journeys.

Matt Dyer, managing director of LeasePlan UK, said:

It’s encouraging to see that British drivers are taking necessary checks to ensure they are prepared for a long drive. But a concern that only one in four (25%) drivers are actually prioritising basic vehicle maintenance checks. Driver’s safety is one of our primary concerns, we would always advise drivers to take the time to give their vehicles a quick once over. As these checks not only help maintain the health of the vehicle, but can also cut down the likelihood of having an incident.

Preparation, planning and pressures.

The research of 1,000 British motorists finds that over a quarter (26%) of drivers prefer to map out the route and just under a fifth (18%) like to check they have the right insurance cover before setting off.

Also revealed are the differences in the way that male and female drivers prepare for long journeys. Women surveyed tend to plan for the potential risks by checking they have the right insurance (21%) and ensuring they have a breakdown kit in the car (20%). In comparison male drivers tend to focus their attention on the vehicle; checking oil and tyre pressures (21%) and making sure their servicing is up to date (21%).

Matt Dyer continues:

Whether you’re a business motorist or general driver, planning for longer journeys should begin by being as safe and economical as possible. Knowing how long you are likely to be travelling, when you need to take breaks and by mapping out the most economical route from A to B, will all help to reduce stress and the potential mechanical issues. The greatest security when driving comes from the knowledge that your vehicle has been checked and roadworthy.

Checklist for preparing for long journeys:

  • Map out your route – whether this is using online tools, setting up your Sat Nav or GPS , make sure you’re ready before you set off
  • Plot stop-over destinations – aim for a short 15 minute break every 2 hours for a quick leg stretch
  • Check fuel stations on route – places to stop for a break, fuel or stock up on driving snacks
  • Check breakdown cover – if you are travelling outside of the UK make sure your cover extends to the EU
  • Insurance – make sure you have all details to hand
  • Pack essential items – water, snacks, extra clothing and a phone charger
  • Check your Driver Safety Pack contains a high visibility vest, warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Don’t drive tired – ensure you have adequate rest before setting out!




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