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Car Maintenance Tips for Car Safety Week

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Doug Strachan of Age Co Car Insurance said:

“Motorists covered a record number of miles on the UK’s road network last year*. For a third (33%)** of later life drivers, breaking down and having to call for assistance is what they are most concerned about when driving and, with this in mind, it is important to ensure your car is in tip top shape before setting off.

“It’s Car Safety Week this week, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of proper car maintenance, reminding us all to think about giving our cars a once over, especially in light of the recent cold snap.”

Senior couple broken down

Car maintenance tips for motorists to consider:

Put your mind at ease and give your car a once over before setting off on a long journey:

  • ­Check tyre tread and pressure - deeper tread depth, such as 3mm, will give you better grip. The correct pressure can usually be found on the inside of the front doors of your car.
  • Clean your lights and check they are working properly - dirt can prevent lights from giving a full glow (you can do this by facing a garage door and placing your foot on the brake pedal or turning on your headlights).
  • ­Check and top up your oil, water and screen wash.
  • Check your battery is in good condition and fully charged.
  • If you are unsure about any of the above, consider asking a reputable garage to carry out the checks before you travel.
  • Make sure you have full visibility from the driver’s seat and items such as ice on the windscreen do not obstruct your view.
  • Check that your car insurance and breakdown cover is up to date, including making yourself aware of any excess fees.
  • Check the most up to date weather forecast before you set off.
  • If you have a mobile phone, check it is fully charged before leaving and has the number of a breakdown cover service stored in case of an emergency.

Get in touch 0800 032 9871** 0800 032 9871**

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** If you call the 0800 number, you may be dealing with either an Age UK office or Ageas Retail Limited.

Age Co Car Insurance is administered by Ageas Retail Limited and provided by a limited panel of insurers.^^
Age Co Motor Breakdown Insurance is provided by Call Assist Ltd.

* Figures sourced from Provisional Road Traffic Estimates Great Britain: October 2014 – September 2015 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/475125/provisional-road-traffic-estimates-great-britain-oct-2014-sep-2015-report.pdf

** Research commissioned from One Poll on behalf of Age UK Enterprises. Total sample size of 2,000 of the 60+ age group. Fieldwork was undertaken 30/01/2015 – 13/02/2015.

^^ Details are available on request.

Age UK Enterprises Limited trades under the trading name Age Co Insurance Services. Age UK Enterprises Limited is a trading subsidiary company of Age UK (registered charity, no. 1128267) and donates its net profits to Age UK. Products offered by Age Co Insurance Services are arranged by Age UK Enterprises Limited and arranged and administered by Ageas Retail Limited, both of which are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Ageas Retail Limited Registered office: Ageas House, Hampshire Corporate Park, Templars Way, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO53 3YA. Registered in England and Wales 1324965. FS Register number: 312468. Age UK Enterprises Limited Registered office: Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9NA. Registered in England and Wales 3156159. FS Register number: 311438.

Call Assist Ltd is registered in England and Wales. Registered Company No: 3668383. Registered Office address: Axis Court, North Station Road, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UX. Call Assist Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Financial Services Register No: 304838

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