With the costs associated with keeping a car on the road, such as the price of a litre of petrol or comprehensive motor car insurance, keep going up, some drivers have had to put off maintenance and repairs in order to conserve their cash, experts say.
Approximately 14 per cent of drivers in the UK are driving about in vehicles that lack urgently-needed repairs, according to research recently conducted by one discount car insurance provider. Moreover, one out of every four motorists admitted to getting behind the wheel of a vehicle with a defect serious enough to render it illegal, the research findings also indicated.
There were a wide range of issues that plagued motorists of these unfit cars, such as defective brake lights, missing or broken wing mirrors, windscreen wipers in need of replacement, and faulty brakes. In fact, almost 20 per cent of drivers admitted to motoring about without a valid MOT certificate, even though it is a legal requirement to secure one.
Some of these drivers may have simply neglected to check their renewal date. However, those that do so knowingly may not be aware of the strict penalties they could be in store for, such as being fined as much as £1,000, given three penalty points on their licence, and risk their car insurance companies invalidating their insurance cover.
In addition to the legal risks, driving a vehicle that has no business being on the roads can be a danger to those within the vehicle and other users of the road, experts say. Drivers take more than four months on average to fix the common faults on their vehicle, with one out of every seven taking up to seven months to do so, research indicates.