Younger drivers surveyed don't know how to check oil level
by Helen Jackson |
posted 16 May 2019
A study of 2,000 drivers for Continental Tyres has shown that half of drivers aged between 18 and 24 don't know how to check oil levels or tyre pressures on a car. This is in comparison with those over 55 who leave them standing when it comes to routine maintenance.
Older motorists are more than three times more likely to replace a dodgy bulb, and twice as likely to change windscreen wiper blades as their younger counterparts. The savvy seniors have the confidence to manage minor motoring matters, improving their safety and saving them money by avoiding unnecessary trips to the garage.
Mark Griffiths, safety expert at Continental Tyres said: "A lack of confidence and know-how on routine maintenance issues like tyre tread depth, tyre pressure and visibility present risks that could result in accidents. It is also likely to mean that younger drivers are spending money they don't need to by requiring professional help to do simple tasks."
The survey revealed that just 19 per cent of 18-24-year-olds would tackle changing a tyre, and surprisingly, only 56 per cent of the youngest drivers would be comfortable about topping up their screen wash.
"Maybe older people have a 'make do and mend' mentality where their younger counterparts believe the options are simply update or upgrade, as that is the world they have grown up in. However, being able to confidently tackle minor maintenance has a bearing on safety for all road users.”
The detailed research also identified the very different driving experience of people based on their age reflecting changing habits and new technologies. Just one in ten drivers aged 18-24 would feel very confident navigating using a paper map, whilst 55 per cent of older car owners would confidently tackle the challenge.
"The more knowledge and insight we all have, the better our driving experience and the safer the environment for all," added Griffiths.