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A new survey from tyre specialists Kwik Fit has revealed that a staggering amount of UK drivers are still unaware of motoring laws, with nine per cent not realising an MOT certificate is a legal requirement.

To compound matters, a further nine per cent of those questioned didn't realise car insurance was compulsory and ten per cent had no idea that a valid tax disc was also essential.

The study revealed widespread levels of ignorance with regards to motoring obligations from drivers in the UK, as at the other end of the spectrum, a fifth of those motorists questioned believed that a vehicle service was a legal requirement.

It seems a large amount of UK drivers believe the laws are stricter than they actually are, as 46 per cent of those questioned thought that the law required them to carry a spare tyre in the UK and 18 per cent incorrectly said the same about an emergency warning triangle.

Roger Griggs, director of communications at Kwik Fit, commented: "This widespread confusion amongst motorists is alarming and raises real concerns over driver safety and compliance with the law."

The research also revealed the general levels of confusion surrounding the MOT certificate, with many believing that oil levels and the condition of the battery were checked during the test.

"It's vital that car owners don't rely entirely on an MOT test for vehicle maintenance, as servicing is a fundamental part of maintaining both the safety and value of a vehicle, even though it isn't a legal requirement," Griggs added.

"Our advice to motorists is to make sure they get the basics right, which include insurance, MOT, servicing and tax, as these are essential for keeping a vehicle safe and legal."

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