Two thirds of motorists are putting their health at risk by not having their air conditioning systems checked regularly.
Thatâ€™s according to the HiQ fast fit network. It has warned that seven out of ten motorists are failing to service their air-con systems regularly, and in doing so are putting themselves â€“ and their bank balances â€“ at risk.
The network has warned that not servicing the air con system regularly can lead to decreased fuel efficiency and the onset of asthma related health problems.
When an air conditioning system falters and the normally removed moisture is allowed to collect inside the vehicle, it can become a habitat for harmful germs and bacteria.
The group has warned that as well as creating a bad odour inside the car; the harmful bacteria can cause health problems for motorists.
HiQâ€™s fast fit manager Stuart Carr said: â€œIt is imperative for motorists to get their air conditioning systems serviced and the pollen filter replaced regularly, for health and financial reasons.
â€œWe were surprised how many drivers donâ€™t treat this issue as a priority as it really does impact on the carâ€™s performance.â€
In the past few months HiQ has reported a 15 percent rise in air conditioning related problems, but says that the majority could have been avoided with regular services and checks.