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 Revealed – Ten ways drivers invalidate their car insurance #consumeradvice #carinsurance

By 30th July 2018June 24th, 2024No Comments

You might want to think twice the next time you consider hanging those fluffy dice from your vehicle’s rear-view mirror. Even letting your brother borrow your car might cost you – in terms of cover, that isA survey by price comparison and switching service found that 63% of British drivers commit simple mistakes that could invalidate their motor insurance. These seemingly small errors include driving while wearing inappropriate footwear, putting off car maintenance, and forgetting to renew MOT or tax on time.

According to, Association of British Insurers (ABI) data shows that more than 43,000 car insurance claims are rejected annually. With the average insurance claim at £2,671, motorists could be losing as much as £114.85 million from claims being rejected each year.

“We know the British public are increasingly time poor, so it’s unsurprising that motorists can be forgetful when it comes to locking up their cars or renewing their car MOT and taxes on time,” said insurance expert Rod Jones.

He added: “With claims now running into the thousands of pounds, people can’t afford to make a careless mistake that could invalidate their cover and leave them out of pocket.”

See below if you’re guilty of committing at least one of these costly mistakes.

Top 10 mistakes drivers make that may invalidate car insurance% of UK drivers
1 Wearing high heels or flip flops while driving25%
2 Leaving car unlocked24%
3 Putting off car maintenance when required21%
4 Forgetting to renew their car MOT on time16%
5 Letting pet(s) roam free in the car15%
6 Lent car to a friend or family member14%
7 Not updated details after changing jobs9%
8 Attached fluffy dice, or another object, to rear-view mirror9%
9 Forgotten to renew vehicle tax on time9%
10 Underestimated mileage travelled everyday8%
Source: research July 2017


Tim Kelly

Tim is a highly qualified Independent Engineer with over 20 years experience as an Engineering Assessor of damaged vehicles.

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