A new survey has revealed how we would like to spend the extra hour of daylight when the clocks go back at the end of the month, on Sunday 30th October.
The survey carried out for The Parts Alliance to mark the end of British Summer Time found:
52% of respondents said they would use their time to relax, whilst 30% said they would rather sleep for the extra hour and 10% stated they would spend the time with their family. But not surprisingly no one said they would like to spend it on the side of the road in rush hour traffic, waiting for a breakdown service to arrive.
“The darker, colder mornings means that our journeys take longer and many commuters have to leave for work earlier, so the extra hour of daylight is very precious. However many drivers this winter will experience breakdowns through lack of servicing, ” explains David Bowen, The Parts Alliance.
The survey looked into driver’s car servicing habits which revealed that 12% of motorists are extending the time between service intervals to save money.
Since the UK felt the bite of recession in late 2008, motorists have reduced the amount they spend on their vehicle by 2.3%* by visiting repair centres less frequently, repairing parts rather than replacing them.
“With time and money so precious it’s important that our cars are ready and serviced for winter driving conditions. The value of a reliable winter service should not be underestimated,” Bowen added.
“22% of respondents have waited between one and four hours for recovery following a breakdown, meaning that the precious hour gained when the clocks go back, could be lost waiting for roadside assistance.”
“We recommend you prepare your vehicle for winter by ensuring your battery, oil, lights, brakes and tyres are in good working order. Independent garages offers extremely competitive service and maintenance deals, and a quality independent garage will only use approved parts,” Bowen concluded.
The Parts Alliance advises motorists to keep a winter survival kit in the vehicle, with essential supplies to provide comfort and safety should you breakdown and have to wait for roadside assistance. Recommended items include a de-icer kit, torch, Hi-Viz vest, flask containing a hot drink and a road warning light.
To find your local independent garage and book in for a winter service check, visit www.allianceautocentre.com or in Scotland, www.servicesureautocentre.com.
Kate Watkins / Beccy Law
01743 234 224
katewatkins / email@example.com
Notes to Editors
Quantitative survey carried out in September 2011. Results based on a survey of 67 respondents.
About The Parts Alliance
The Parts Alliance is a central organisation based in Birmingham employing over 60 people on national sales, IT and data development, product management, central procurement, marketing and central warehousing on behalf of its 10 member companies. It gives the group national strength whilst still providing a dedication and focus on local service to workshops and fitting stations across UK and Ireland.
The ten strategically located independent distributor companies, specialising in the national and local supply of O.E. manufacturer branded products and support services with an annual group turnover of more than £365million.
The Parts Alliance customers range from independent garages to multi-branch workshops and fast-fits, and they are served by a fleet of over 1,500 vehicles and 3,500 staff across the membership.
The group is synonymous with quality on every level. The Parts Alliance prides itself on forming relationships with World-leading O.E. and matching quality suppliers providing a real two-tier offer.
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