Three-quarters of brakes unchecked

Three in four motorists fail to regularly check their brakes, according to new research.

The study, carried out by ICM, found that only 27% of drivers regularly check their brakes, a statistic in stark contrast to the two-thirds of road users who wash or vacuum their vehicle at least once a month.

The findings show that almost half the people questioned do not check their brakes because they do not know how to go about doing so, while the remaining 25% simply forget or do not bother.

When applied to the general population, the new research suggests that of the 33 million cars on UK road, almost 23 million are relying on brakes that have not been checked regularly.

Among other findings, the study shows that only 21% of women check their brakes compared with 34% of men, and that drivers in East Anglia are the least likely to clean or brake-check their vehicle each month.

Copyright Press Association 2012