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UK motorists advised of need to ensure vehicles are roadworthy to protect car insurance cover

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Post Office Car Insurance warns drivers to keep up to vehicle maintenance

According to research from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM)[1], around 10 per cent of cars on UK cars have at least one tyre with an illegal tread depth. In addition, Post Office Car Insurance research recently found that 48 per cent of all car owners have cut corners when it comes to repairs and maintenance on their vehicle. The Post Office Car Insurance research discovered that over a quarter (28 per cent) of motorists surveyed admitted to scrimping on car upkeep costs to the extent that they might put their own safety, and that of other road users, at risk.

Post Office Car Insurance reminds drivers that failing to carry out essential maintenance work could invalidate a car insurance policy. Post Office Car Insurance research also revealed that six per cent of UK motorists surveyed had not done anything to remedy an ‘advisory’ problem pointed out on an MOT test. Any vehicle that becomes unroadworthy risks invalidating the driver’s car insurance policy. Post Office Car Insurance reminds drivers to make sure that ‘advisory’ issues flagged by an MOT are regularly checked or that necessary repairs are undertaken to ensure that car insurance policies are not affected.

Post Office Head of Car Insurance, Richard Pennant-Jones, said: “Car safety is one area where cutting corners could cost more than you bargained for. Failing to maintain your car could even result in it being deemed un-roadworthy and therefore invalidate your car insurance.”

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[1] http://www.iam.org.uk/latest_news/avoidtyresomefineswithacheck.html

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