US: study sees a third of drivers aborting service, repairs image

According to the latest research done by the AAA, about 35 percent of motorists have been delaying or even worse, skipping altogether vehicle service and repairs, lifting the odds of a breakdown.

The motoring and travel group has decided to warn that delaying or skipping regular service – such as oil changes, battery and tire replacements – could leave the family on the side of the road or even put their safety at risk. If that worst case scenario doesn’t materialize, it could still incur bigger costs later on during the lifespan of the vehicle. “According to a survey of AAA’s certified Approved Auto Repair shops, consumers that forget or ignore recommended maintenance ultimately pay higher repair costs,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. They also estimate that savings can reach 100 dollars per service visit if the motorist simply maintains properly the vehicle.

Both AAA and other researchers or experts have found that some US drivers usually delay or skip service and repairs – which was a rather common problem during the past recession, but now it appears that one in three owners still retain that bad habit. Last year lone the AAA responded to 29 million calls for roadside assistance – with three rather common causes taking up 60 percent of the incidents. Dead batteries – with two thirds of motorists saying they never tested their battery. Flat or blown out tire – around 60 percent of drivers don’t routinely check their tire pressure – and this can severely impact fuel economy as well as lead to potentially fatal failures. The third has nothing to do with service or repairs, rather with… memory, with the AAA reporting a huge amount of calls from drivers that locked themselves out of the vehicle.