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Checking oil should be 'part of a weekly motoring routine'

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The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and Mobil 1 have joined forces - urging British motorists to check their engine oil on a more regular basis.

Drivers were instructed to make oil inspections "part of their weekly motoring routine", with the organisations claiming that failing to keep levels topped up could lead to increased wear, higher fuel consumption and poor overall performance.

According to a study conducted on behalf of Mobil 1, one-fifth of British motorists said they only checked engine oil after the dashboard warning light prompted them to do so.

Furthermore, over half of respondents (51.6 per cent) admitted they left the job to others - asking a friend or petrol station attendant to inspect oil levels.

Tim Shallcross, the IAM's head of technical policy, said a low oil level was the "quickest way" to wear an engine out, increasing the risk of breakdown.

"Oil is the hardest working component in your engine; it makes the moving parts move more easily, keeps the hottest areas cool and absorbs harmful and corrosive exhaust fumes," he added.ADNFCR-2576-ID-801607028-ADNFCR

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