Worn tyres were among the most common defects found in the RACQ audit.
Worn tyres were among the most common defects found in the RACQ audit. Anthony Reginato

Motorists skimping on maintenance and risking lives

MAKING the family budget stretch further each week is an art form that I'm not sure can be mastered.

But it's fair to say that any expense that can be postponed is in the firing line when it comes time to tighten the belt.

In my student days I once went six months with an old ice-cream container for a letterbox. It took losing the lid in a storm for me to finally head to Bunnings, but I digress.

Joe Fitzgerald.
Joe Fitzgerald.

Because cutting corners on maintenance now will almost certainly lead to more expensive issues down the road.

A recent audit of safety certificates carried out at RACQ inspection centres discovered 58% of cars didn't pass their first check.

The audit found lighting defects to be the most common followed by oil leaks, worn driveline joints, steering defects, worn tyres and brake problems.

In other words, things that are much cheaper to keep in good condition rather than waiting until they fail and cause serious problems. 

Problems that can threaten the safety of the driver and others.

Safety certificate failure rates are an ongoing problem in Queensland and more needs to be done to keep cars in a safe condition.

Regular maintenance is the key to keeping vehicles safe and reliable, not to mention more affordable.

Because, while an old ice cream container may substitute for a mailbox, there's really no substitute for a good car.



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