Car owners are ignorant about the service safety of many major mechanical components, according to a new survey.
Brake carried out a survey that showed 2 in 5 motorists owned up to driving with at least one ‘dangerous’ defect in the past year, including worn tyres, broken lights and incorrect oil or water levels.
The motoring safety charity also claim that their research show four in five car owners do not know the percentage wear on their car’s brake pads, while over 70 per cent say they only have their brakes checked once a year – at the annual service or MOT.
Mary Williams OBE, chief executive of Brake, said: “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.”
Owners are handing the responsibility over to car dealers – despite only willingly visiting them once a year.
Ms Williams added:”Drivers seem to be placing far too much reliance on their annual MOT and passively relying on their garage to tell them when to replace components.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office