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Motorists 'neglecting safety checks'

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A total of 3.4 million cars go without safety checks from year to year, according to new research by Kwik Fit.

Worryingly, this means the only time such vehicles receive mechanical attention is when they are checked in for the annual MOT test.

In addition, one in 10 motorists never perform any safety checks on their cars, while more than a third of drivers (36%) forget their car's first MOT test date and fail to have it checked on time.

Around 368,000 cars were registered in September 2009, resulting in as many as 133,000 owners of '59'-plate cars risking driving illegally with no MOT.

The study found that the most neglected area of a car was its suspension, with 84% of drivers never checking it, while nearly three quarters (73%) do not check their exhaust.

More than two thirds of motorists (69%) admitted to not checking their brakes between MOTs and almost half (47%) do not examine their tyres for tread depth or condition. Such negligence can increase the likelihood of mechanical breakdown.

The MOT test plays an important role in road safety, but Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit, said it is "vitally important" for motorists to check areas such as tyres, brakes and lights on a regular basis too.

published: 24/09/2012 17:00:01

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