Fifteen million cars in the UK are low on oil, according to a new survey.
The figure was released as part of National Oil Check Week (June 15-22), and organisers are urging motorists to check oil levels in order to avoid risking expensive repair bills.
The survey checked the oil level of 250 cars in three locations around the country, and revealed that 49 per cent were either low or dangerously low on oil.
In addition, the research showed that half of all motorists fail to check their car's oil at the recommended once-monthly intervals.
It also discovered that 28 per cent never check the level at all. With more than 31 millions cars on the UK’s roads, that means around 15 million are low on oil.
The average bill for repairing an engine damaged by a lack of oil is more than £1400, according to Warranty Direct.