The shocking findings of a new survey by Ford reveal that millions of British motorists are trying to save money.

In the process many are running crazy risks like skimping on vehicle maintenance or roadside assistance cover.

If they think that’s the answer to rising road tax and fuel costs, they need a long cold taste of good old-fashioned medicine!

Consuming group Which? estimates that one in six motorists experience a breakdown at least once a year – probably because things keep going wrong with their cars.

But – incredibly – 18 per cent of the 2,000 motorists surveyed by Ford have no roadside assistance cover, and 15 per cent have put off routine servicing to save money.

Contrary to popular opinion (see illustration) young drivers are actually the worst. Thirty five per cent of 18 to 24 year olds and 28 per cent of 25 to 34 year olds don’t bother with roadside assistance. People in London are also bad.

Ford say everyone should stop being so foolish and purchase Ford Assistance 12, which is both cheap and good. “The importance of good maintenance doesn’t change,” insists Paul Muers, marketing manager, Ford Customer Service Division.


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