More than half of British drivers don’t get problems with their cars checked until three months after they have appeared, according to research.
A survey from BookMyGarage.com found that 63% of UK drivers said they were currently driving with a fault in their vehicle, which they have yet to have checked out.
Up to 21% will wait for six months or more before getting issues checked while 12% will drive in a vehicle experiencing faults by up to a year.
The survey also found that more than 1 in 4 Brits skip the recommended annual service.
Drivers aged 35-44 year olds were the most guilty of driving with a fault, with 47% confessing to do so, followed by 45-54 year olds .
Karen Rotberg, director at BookMyGarage.com, said: “Drivers are not only putting their cars at risk of further damage, caused by existing problems worsening over time, which is likely to result in more significant bills, but in some cases they will be putting themselves, their loved ones and other road users in serious danger. Many problems can be easily and inexpensively solved if they are looked over by a qualified mechanic within good time of them emerging.“