Car insurance: Drivers warned not to be complacent

Friday, 15 January 2010

Drivers are risking accidents and car insurance claims by being complacent about dangerous vehicles, it has been warned.

Many have their heads in the sand when it comes to the safety of the vehicles, a survey by road safety campaign group Brake shows.

More than two in five motorists admitted to driving with one or more dangerous defects in the past 12 months, such as tyres in poor condition, broken lights, poor brakes, dirty mirrors and windows, as well as wrong fluid levels.

"This research shows a shockingly low level of knowledge and concern among drivers when it comes to the safety of their vehicle, particularly 'out of sight, out of mind' components such as brakes, which are so safety critical," commented Mary Williams OBE, chief executive of Brake.

She urges motorists to take responsibility for the safety of their vehicles by carrying out daily checks.

Directgov suggests that drivers ensure windows, fluid levels, tyres, lights and the exhaust are all in good, working order.

Posted by Rebecca Mellor

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