New research by Kwik Fit shows that over five million motorists admit to having some kind of brake damage.
More worrying still, a third of motorists with defective brakes, some 1.7 million drivers, have known about the problem for at least a month, without getting it repaired.
Our female readers won't be surprised that 24% of male motorists with a brake problem admitted to knowing about it for at least three months – compared to just 7% of women.
The study also revealed that nearly one in five (18%) motorists have been in a car accident caused by braking errors.
Above all else, the sheer number of respondents that are living with on-going brake problems is staggering.
Nearly 1.5 million people are experiencing a squealing noise from their brakes, 1.18 million can feel their car pulling to one side under braking and half a million are driving with a brake warning light on.
Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit, says: "This research reveals that many of us have been in an accident where braking has been a cause, and yet far too many motorists admit they are driving around with defective brakes.
"It is vital that drivers are able to stop their car as quickly as possible in an emergency, and anyone suffering these symptoms may have their safety compromised as a result. We would urge anyone experiencing these warning signs to get their brake system checked as soon as possible."