Older drivers are more hands-on, or are they?
A survey by Continental Tyres has uncovered a worrying lack of technical nous, amongst young drivers.
A study of 2,000 drivers discovered that half of 18-24 year-old do not know how to check either engine oil levels, or tyre pressures. Over 40% of them were uncomfortable about even topping-up screen wash levels. Naturally, this has a worrying safety implication but it means also that younger drivers may be spending more money at garages, when they could do the work themselves.
More senior motorists faired a little better in the study, being three times more likely to replace a bulb and twice as likely to change windscreen wiper blades. 45% of over 55 years-old would attempt to change a tyre, compared with 19% of under 25s, for example.
Mark Griffiths, safety expert at Continental Tyres concluded that,
“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.”
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