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Young drivers 'using damaged cars'

21 Mar 2012

A quarter of young drivers in the UK currently make use of cars which require repair work, according to new research.

Damaged vehicles could force people to make claims on their young drivers insurance cover.

Despite this, figures from Britannia Rescue indicate that a quarter of those aged between 18 and 34 are using damaged vehicles

This is much higher than the figure recorded among over-55s, as just 5% of older people are willing to drive round in cars which need repair work.

Overall, 23% of the people polled by the firm said they currently drive illegally because their car is damaged.

But 40% of respondents reported that they have been forced to drive a damaged car because repairs are simply to expensive for them to afford.

Britannia Rescue's managing director, Peter Horton, said: "Sacrificing car maintenance is a false economy."

Bald tyres, faulty brakes and and defective brake lights are among the common problems which drivers are putting up with at present, the poll discovered.

Copyright Press Association 2012

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