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Unsafe brakes posing risk to cheap car insurance
The Department of Transport (DfT) has revealed worrying statistics that as many as one in eight people could be risking their cheap car insurance by driving with poorly-functioning brakes.
According to the DfT, as many as 85% of motorists do not know how to go about inspecting their brake discs or pads for wear - a vital safety check which could help to prevent an accident and a costly motor insurance claim.
Common problems with brakes which could pose a danger to cheap car insurance rates include worn brake pads and thin or warped brake discs. However, the drivers are being warned that vehicles' diagnostic systems often do not detect these until the car is in a dangerous condition and that they should not wait until a warning light comes on to have their brakes checked.
A spokesperson for Safe-Brakes.co.uk, a website which alerts motorists to the importance of keeping their brakes in good condition, said: "It's amazing something as important as brakes are ignored by so many motorists. We hear reports of vehicles rolling down a hill when the handbrake is put on and fails to operate.
"This is normally due to a sticking handbrake lever on the rear brake callipers. It's quite common and a very dangerous problem that can be avoided by good brake maintenance," he finished.
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