By Denna Bowman
Motorists are being warned they put their insurance policy in jeopardy if they neglect their tyres, according to a leading industry group.
The British Insurance Brokers’ Association recognises that some drivers are keen to reduce their running costs in the face of the recession.
However, it warns that scrimping on new tyres and basic vehicle maintenance could land them with heavy bills and invalidated car insurance down the road.
The Association explained that if drivers are involved in an accident in a vehicle deemed to be unroadworthy, their insurance provider may refuse to pay out.
Steve Foulsham, technical services manager, said motorists should not be tempted to try and get another few thousand miles out of their tyres if they suspect they really need replacing.
He stated: “If you were to have a claim, if your tyres were illegal, then technically that could nullify your insurance.”
Cutting back on vehicle maintenance could also increase the possibility of a serious fault going unnoticed, thereby putting the driver and other road users at risk.
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