Drivers should check engine oil in their vehicle once a week as part of a proper car maintenance regime, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has said.
Failure to keep oil levels topped up will lead to increased engine wear, fuel usage and diminished performance, the motoring body warns.
New research reveals one in five UK drivers only check their engine oil levels when an instrument panel warning sign is activated.
The findings were released as part of a campaign from the IAM and motor oil firm Mobil to encourage drivers to maintain their cars better.
Tim Shallcross, head of technical policy at the IAM said: "A low oil level or missed oil change is the quickest way to wear an engine out, which not only risks hazardous breakdowns, but can also knock hundreds of pounds off the value of your car."
Worryingly, 60 per cent of motorists confessed to changing oil once a year at most, with nearly one in ten people (8.6 per cent) saying their engine oil hadn’t been changed in over two years.
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