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ATS Euromaster 2019 UK Driver Survey

We recently surveyed 2000 of the UK’s drivers to find out whether they maintain their car properly, what their driving pet peeves are, and if they take the required items when driving abroad.

Simple checks on your tyres, regular car servicing and other maintenance tasks can keep you and other road users safe, whilst also avoiding potential costly repairs in the future. Staying on top of the little things will also increase the chance of your vehicle passing its MOT when the time comes.

 Read on for the full results of the survey.

 

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Do you maintain your car properly?

We can all be guilty of forgetting the little things when it comes to car maintenance. However, some vital checks can keep you and other road users safe, and help you avoid costly repairs in the future.

  • 67% of UK car owners don’t check their tyre tread depth every month, which is the minimum recommendation.
  • 61% of UK car owners don't check their tyre pressure or oil levels every month, even though that's the recommendation. 69% of women don’t. 50% of men don’t
  • 61% of UK car owners would still do an annual MOT even if it wasn't a legal requirement. 64% of men would. 56% of women would
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European Roadtrips

If you've ever taken a European road trip with family or friends, you may or may not know about the legally required items you are expected to bring with you.

This differs from country to country. For example in France, you are not allowed to wear headphones and need reflective jackets. But how many of us actually adhere to these rules?

  • 53% of UK car owners who drive their car in Europe don't bring the required warning triangle
  • 47% don't bring the required first aid kit
  • 60% don't bring the required reflective jacket
  • 61% don't bring GB sticker or GB registration plate
  • 73% don't bring a headlamp beam deflector

 

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UK Drivers Pet Peeves

There are just certain things that get under your skin when driving in the UK. Some are unavoidable like rush hour traffic, others, like someone parking across two spaces can be.

Not to mention backseat drivers. But what are the most annoying things for UK drivers?

  • 74% of drivers wouldn't 2 space park.
  • 45% don't see the point in personalised number plates, with participants using
  • words like tacky & pretentious to describe them.
  • 25% wouldn't let anyone else drive their car.

 

By City

Plymouth (the pickiest!)

The thing Plymouth drivers hate the most: Drinking alcohol in their car & Putting feet on the dash (tied at 63% of drivers)
The thing Plymouth drivers are most okay with: Adjusting the seats (3%)

Edinburgh 

The thing Edinburgh drivers hate the most: Putting feet on the dash (67%)
The thing Edinburgh drivers are most okay with: Adjusting the seats (8%)

Newcastle

The thing Newcastle drivers hate the most: Putting feet on the dash (66%)
The thing Newcastle drivers are most okay with: Sleeping on long journeys (2%)

Leicester

The thing Leicester drivers hate the most: Putting feet on the dash (64%)
The thing Leicester drivers are most okay with: Sleeping on long journeys (7%)

Sheffield

The thing Sheffield drivers hate the most: Putting feet on the dash & Leaving rubbish in the car (tied at 65%)
The thing Sheffield drivers are most okay with: Sleeping on long journeys (3%)

Cardiff

The thing Cardiff drivers hate the most: Leaving rubbish in the car (64%)
The thing Cardiff drivers are most okay with: Calls to other people & Sleeping on long journeys (5%)

Norwich

The thing Norwich drivers hate the most: Leaving rubbish in the car (64%)
The thing Norwich drivers are most okay with: Calls to other people & Adjusting the seats (tied at 2%)

Leeds

The thing Leeds drivers hate the most: Leaving rubbish in the car (65%)
The thing Leeds drivers are most okay with: Sleeping on long journeys (5%)

Manchester

The thing Manchester drivers hate the most: Putting feet on the dash (61%)
The thing Manchester drivers are most okay with: Adjusting the seats (4%)

London

The thing London drivers hate the most: Putting feet on the dash (59%)
The thing London drivers are most okay with: Sleeping on long journeys (7%)