23m drivers ‘ignore vehicle faults’

More than seven in ten drivers are not only risking their car insurance policies but also their lives by delaying a trip to a mechanic, it has been claimed.

According to esure car insurance, a third of motorists avoid visits to the garage due to the cost, 19 per cent ignore the warning lights on their dashboard and ten per cent only deal with vehicle faults when their MOT is due.

Not having enough time and prioritising their wages for other activities were cited as reasons for avoiding the correction of car faults.

Over 24 million motorists – 72 per cent of drivers – did not know what every warning symbol on a car dashboard signals, the research also found.

As a result, 49 per cent have ignored one of the flashing emergency symbols simply because they were unsure what it meant.

Mike Pickering, head of risk and underwriting at the firm, said: “esure urges all drivers to check their dashboard for any warning lights the next time they’re in the car and if unsure about what a specific light means, to check their manual or take their car to the local garage.”

According to Britannia Rescue, due to a range of traffic and weather factors, cars were more likely to break down on January 2nd this year than any other day.

© Adfero Ltd

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