AN INITIATIVE to show younger drivers how to do regular vehicle safety checks is being run at Victoria Point and Cleveland's Supercheap Auto stores on Saturday, March 30.
A spokesperson for Driver Safety Australia, which runs the Check It campaign, said nearly half of Queenslanders aged 25 and under were driving a vehicle more than a decade old.
"Despite this, three in five of the state’s drivers are guilty of not undertaking any regular checks on their car - either leaving it to someone else or naively believing a warning light would alert them to any safety issue," the spokesperson said.
"Alarmingly, the research also showed that 50 per cent of Queensland drivers aged 25 and under have knowingly driven on a car that had a safety issue at the time.
Driver Safety Australia founder and chief executive officer Russell White said crashes happened in an instant and in that moment having a car in safe condition could be the difference between life and death.
"Every driver has a responsibility to ensure they’re taking precautions to keep themselves and those around them safe," Mr White said.
"Whether that's tyre tread and being able to brake in time, or having adequate vision in different weather conditions with working wipers or headlights.
"On top of these safety concerns, there’s also the added risk of being stranded when broken down on the side of the road."
For more information on the national Check It program or to access free online tutorials, visit supercheapauto.com.au/checkit.