Thursday 14 July 2011

More motorists gear up to avoid holiday havoc

More and more motorists are gearing up to avoid the potential holiday horror of vehicle breakdowns, according to industry experts.

A recent poll by the UK-wide Good Garage Scheme at has revealed that 58 per cent of drivers do not have their cars checked at a garage before setting off on a motoring holiday.

And with ‘austerity’ prompting many to look at holidaying at home this year, experts at the Good Garage Scheme said the importance of checking vehicles before setting off is more vital than ever.

Phil Dugmore, technical manager at the Good Garage Scheme, said: “The results of our poll show that motorists appear to be taking risks by not checking their vehicles before going on holiday. Of course checking your vehicle is important at any time, but none more so than when you are using it to take family and friends on an anticipated holiday. After all, nobody wants the aggravation and stress of having to deal with vehicle repairs during what should be a well-earned relaxing break.”

A comprehensive 21-point Holiday Check has been launched by the Good Garage Scheme to its 3,000 plus members to give motorists more peace of mind about the state of their vehicles ahead of taking to the UK’s roads on their holidays.

The 21-point Holiday Check includes:

•    Air conditioning operation and cabin comfort
•    Fluid levels
•    Lights and wipers
•    Tyres and exhaust

Phil added: “Our 21-point Holiday Check covers all of the areas that can help ensure motorists’ vehicles are in the best possible condition before heading off to the UK’s holiday hotspots. Taking preventative measures to avoid potential problems before they happen is certainly the best approach. Our member garages and workshops carry out work of the highest standard, giving motorists peace of mind for trouble free motoring.”  

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