Steane Klose | Dec 10, 2008

As we near the annual family Christmas holiday period, the VACC has issued a timely safety warning. The peak automotive industry body in Victoria, is concerned that too many unsafe vehicles are being driven on the State’s roads.

A survey of 2304 vehicles, tested by participating VACC members, has revealed that 829 (35.98%) failed one or more of the five key safety areas.

“These figures are alarming. There is a slight improvement compared to the year-on-year figures from 2007, but to think every third vehicle on Victoria’s roads, according to the survey, is unsafe and could endanger lives is very worrying,” VACC Executive Director, David Purchase said.

Far and away, the item responsible for the most safety test failures were tyres. It is quite scary to think that 21.8 percent of the cars tested failed due to unsafe tyres. Other areas suffering from neglect on the vehicles tested were lights, which accounted for 10.7 percent of the fails, steering 8.5 percent, brakes 8.2 percent and faulty restraints resulted in 3.2 percent of the fails.

“A simple Five Point Safety Check of the critical safety features of a car – tyres, lights, steering, brakes and restraints – will reduce the incidence of death, injury, and property damage.

Thanks to falling fuel prices and a decline in overseas travel, the VACC is expecting Australians to hit the road in increased numbers this holiday season, and that means more potential for something serious to go wrong.

“And for any motorist concerned about the extra cost of servicing their car, think about this: maintaining your vehicle not only potentially saves lives, but it can save you money in the long run. An efficient performing engine saves fuel and wear-and-tear.

So, give the family jalopy a Christmas present. Book it in for that pre-Christmas check-up and hit the holiday road with some piece of mind.

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