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British drivers are delaying or even cancelling vital motoring checks to save money, despite the imminence of winter, survey finds.

1 in 3 of the 2,300 motorists surveyed by car hire comparator have delayed servicing because of the cost involved and 1 in 5 have put off changing used tyres, even though winter is knocking on the door.

The survey questioned drivers across the UK on their motoring expenditure in the current financial climate and also found that over 1 in 10 motorists have changed their car insurance from comprehensive to third party to help them save money.

60 percent of drivers surveyed said they don’t get their tyres checked in preparation for winter, with over 80 percent not getting their brakes checked because of the costs involved. Also, 1 in 10 drivers have delayed changing their brakes or brake pads because of the expense, putting themselves and other drivers at risk.

“Many people are having to cut back their expenses in the current financial climate, and motoring is one area that can incur hefty costs.  Unfortunately it is also one that can directly affect the safety of not just the driver, but other motorists and road users,” said Gareth Robinson, managing director of

The study also revealed that nearly 1 in 3 drivers questioned said they had changed their car to a model that is cheaper to run over the last two years, while over 56 percent admitted having switched their car servicing from an authorised dealer to a cheaper, independent garage to save money.