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Drivers 'ignore dashboard alerts'

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New evidence from a Kwik Fit poll shows many drivers turn a blind eye to dashboard alerts.

Some 36% of motorists have had a light flash at least once in the last 12 months, but around one in three do not inspect their cars for problems for five days or more.

Of those questioned who had received alerts in the past year, 3% said they ignored the warning signs, while at the other end of the spectrum 29% said they looked into it straight away. A further 39% said they sorted out the issue between one and four days later.

Motorists in north west England are the most likely to ignore flashing dashboard lights, with road users in south east and south west England in close second. The researchers discovered drivers in Wales are the most mindful of maintaining their cars, with just 13% choosing to ignore warning signs.

"It's shocking that millions of us are driving around for days - and sometimes months - with a warning light illuminated," said Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit. "These motorists could be risking serious engine damage at the very least."

published: 02/07/2012 17:00:00

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