Almost half of the UK’s car owners believe that having their car serviced by an independent garage will invalidate their warranty. This is simply not true.

According to a new survey of more than 22,000 motorists by Halfords, 44 per cent of drivers believe this to be the case. This is despite a change in law 15 years ago that means a vehicle’s servicing can now be carried out by anyone who is qualified to do so.

Many drivers unaware of the basics

Overall, the results of the company’s Roadworthiness Quiz highlight some interesting findings. Indeed, it also went on to show that 40 per cent of motorists are unaware of new MOT legislation that means a range of new defects could cause them to fail an MOT.

At the same time, 40 per cent of respondents were unaware of the UK’s legal minimum tread depth for tyres (2.2 mm) and 22 per cent were unaware of the fact that it’s illegal to drive with an empty screenwash bottle.

Richard Leonard, Highways England head of road safety, responded: “We want all drivers to arrive at their destinations safely, and we urge motorists to make sure they are ready for their journey by checking their vehicles beforehand.”

He went on to add that a range of “simple checks” can make all the difference to a driver’s safety.

Things like ensuring tyre tread depth and pressures are all correct, as well as checking oil, water and fuel levels before setting off can all help to prevent breakdowns and unnecessary hassle.

Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Making sure that vehicles are regularly serviced should be a priority for drivers who want to ensure their cars are in the best condition possible. However, knowing how to maintain your vehicle properly is also essential.”

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