The number of drivers who regularly take their car to a specialist for maintenance is decreasing

40% of drivers admit that they monitor the technical condition of the car on their own, but more than half - 51% - regularly take the car to a knowledgeable and reliable specialist for maintenance and inspection. 24% state that they take care of the technical condition of their car on a daily basis, thinking about their driving style and habits, while 7% believe that a technical inspection by the Road Traffic Safety Directorate is enough to keep the car in order, according to the "Carlsberg 0.0 Responsible Driving Index" data.

Comparing the answers with the data obtained in the survey a year ago, it is possible to conclude that the number of drivers who regularly take their cars for maintenance and inspection to a specialist has decreased. Last year, 57% of drivers gave this answer, but this year - by 6% less. Last year, there were also more drivers (33%) who stated that they think about their driving style and habits every day so that the car is protected. During the year, the number of such drivers decreased by 9%. On the other hand, the number of drivers who monitor their car's technical condition has increased by 6%.

"Thinking about driving style and habits is necessary, but it cannot be the only way we take care of our vehicle. The results of the research confirm that drivers still have a very different understanding of what it means to take care of and keep their car in order. Drivers often do not pay enough attention to tire wear, drive with inadequate brakes or ignore suspension problems," says Jānis Vanks, head of the Safe Driving School.

He explains that “if we only go to the service when there is a really big problem that prevents driving at all or is obviously dangerous, we are actually doing it too late. In fact, attention should also be paid to the details, because even suspicious sounds can indicate that there is a problem."

Survey data show that women take their car for maintenance and inspection to a knowledgeable and reliable specialist more often (55%) than men (48%). Accordingly, men monitor the technical condition of their car much more often themselves (48%) than women (30%). In order to protect the car, drivers aged 18 to 29 (35%) think about their driving style and habits more often, while drivers aged 40 to 49 (17%) do it the least. Also in last year's survey, it was the youngest drivers who most often stated that they think about their driving style and habits - in 2021, 47% of drivers aged 18-29 gave this answer.

Last year, the drivers of Kurzeme were the most confident about their ability to take care of the technical condition of their car without the involvement of specialists - more than half (51%) answered that they monitor the technical condition of their car themselves, but this year the drivers of Latgale (48%) gave this answer most often.

"Carlsberg 0.0 Responsible Driving Index" is a study of the non-alcoholic beer "Carlsberg 0.0" made in cooperation with the Safe Driving School and Research Center Norstat. 1,000 Latvian residents aged 18 to 74 participated in the study, which was conducted in September 2022. Within the survey, respondents could choose several answer options. The study was conducted with the aim of promoting responsible driving and understanding of what creates additional risks on the roads and how to prevent them.