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Safety checks vital before hitting the road this summer

Continental Tyres has carried out a survey of Irish motorists’ staycation plans for this year which showed that nearly 90 per cent were planning on opting for a holiday in Ireland.

The survey highlighted the importance of ensuring that your car is in a proper state to head off on a long trip.

According to the survey, more than one in four motorists (26%) said that they will depart on their staycation without carrying out any safety checks at all on their car, such as checking the state of the tyres, oil and coolant levels, windscreen wipers, functioning of lights etc.

The survey showed that 42 per cent of motorists carry out these simple safety checks from between once every three months to once a year.

According to Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland, that is not often enough: “We would advise motorists to get into the habit of carrying out these basic safety checks every couple of weeks.

“And for motorists who are intending to head off on a staycation, they really need to ensure their car is in a good roadworthy state, especially since many of us have had the car parked up for long periods during the lockdown earlier this year.

“It only takes five minutes to carry out these checks and if anything needs mending, our advice is to get it sorted before you hit the road.”