One in six 'has driven uninsured'

A new study has found that one in six UK motorists (16%) has driven a car without insurance.

The research by One Poll revealed that one in 12 (8%) drivers have broken the law by driving their own car uninsured, while another one in 16 (6%) said they did not have appropriate cover when they drove someone else's vehicle.

One in 50 (2%) also said they had driven their car while they were 'in between' insurance policies.

Asked why they drove uninsured, nearly one in five (18%) said they were unaware thatcar insurance is compulsory.

One in 20 (5%) admitted they could not be bothered to take out insurance, one in 16 (6%) said insurance was too expensive for them, and one in 14 (7%) said they do not need insurance because they do not think they could be involved in an accident.

The study also found that young drivers are the biggest culprits, as three in 10 (29%) 18 to 34-year-olds admitted they have driven uninsured, compared to one in 16 (6%) over-55s.

Copyright Press Association 2012