The Great Escape – OSV Assess the Nation’s Road-Readiness Prior to the Summer Road-Trip Season

● 64% of motorists plan a road trip this summer
● A quarter of all drivers fail to give their vehicle a once-over before a long trip
● Mechanics seems to be men’s business with 34% of women delegating car checks to male relatives

As June slips into July, thoughts turn to the great summer getaway, but although a new survey by OSV, a leading vehicle supplier, has revealed that almost two thirds (64%) of motorists are planning a driving holiday this year, it seems that a quarter (25%) of all drivers have no intention of getting their vehicle checked before making their trip, despite the fact that almost half (42%) say that they know that they have at least one minor problem with their car already.

As the UK’s leading independent vehicle supply professionals, OSV were curious to discover what motoring precautions Brits take before travelling. In some cases, the results were rather worrying, with many listing existing problems in the following areas:

  •      AC gas refill
  •      Leaks
  •      Broken mirror
  •      Scratched paint
  •      Oil
  •      Wash wipe
  •      Smeary wipers
  •      Dent/minor bump 
  •      Non-working windows

One in four (26%) for those with existing vehicle problems surveyed said that they had no plans to get them fixed before travelling.

Bucking expectations slightly, it seems that those taking the most precautions with their cars before embarking on long trips are new drivers, with 33% saying that they had concerns about the journey. Those concerns are obviously banished pretty quickly however, with 19% of motorists in their 20s being willing to ‘wing it’ and take problems as they come rather than taking preventative measures beforehand.

For those who do take vehicular precautions before travel, the OSV survey also revealed that there is a significant divide in the sexes: while women are just as likely as men to want to get their car checked over, they were far more likely to delegate the task to male family members, rather than trying to tackle to problem themselves, or seeking professional help.

OSV Co-director, Debbie Kirkley, comments: ‘Car maintenance can be tedious, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing, so I understand why people take risks, but for me it’s simply not worth the stress. The idea of breaking down in a foreign country with a car full of kids is one of my worst nightmares! I’d much rather plan ahead and visit a mechanic before I travel, perhaps even book in for a service – it’s generally cheaper that way too.  

‘While you might not want to check for everything, there are certain areas that we always recommend looking into before any long journey:

  •      Wiper wash
  •      Tyre pressure
  •      Tyre tread
  •      Oil
  •      Lights
  •      AC
  •      Electrics
  •      Battery

‘It’s impossible to cover all eventualities, but if the basics are in order you’re far more likely to have a hassle-free holiday, and a healthy car at the end of it!’

Notes to editors:

OSV are the UK’s best independent vehicle supply professionals, providing every funding method imaginable. Trading since 1997, they have the experience to provide our customers with the highest level of service and are proud to be members of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association.

Customers can visit the OSV website –  – or call 01903 538835 for help finding the right car and the right financial package to suit their needs.



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