According to motoreasy, which manages car maintenance and repairs on behalf of the motorist, men are more inclined to dodge necessary car repairs than women, with 19.5% and 17.3% respectively claiming to have driven cars carrying faults.
Worn brake pads and discs, broken suspension springs and shock absorbers, and warning lights – especially when intermittent – are frequently ignored.
Nearly 25% of under 55s admit to ignoring necessary repair work on their vehicles, but that figure falls to just 8.5% from over 55s.
The finding comes at a time when the Government is considering extending the start of MoT testing – which checks the road legality of every vehicle – from three-year-old cars to vehicles aged four years.
“Drivers are clearly prioritising other commitments if faults occur between annual MoT tests,” said Duncan McClure Fisher of motoreasy. “Naturally, that comes with a risk – especially if it relates to safety-critical items like brakes, steering, power and visibility.
“That is a risk to all road users, not just the faulty vehicle and its occupants.”