A new motoring survey has revealed a return to the great Britisih past-time of tinkering about with cars.
According to Castrol oil company, more and more drivers are spending their weekends poking around under their car bonnets and carrying out basic vehicle maintenance, like checking their tyres.
In more recent years, they’d have left these jobs to their local mechanic when they’d take their cars to the garage for the most routine of maintenance jobs.
The survey revealed that more than half of all car owners (56 per cent) now rely on themselves, a partner or a family member for basic car maintenance such as checking tyres, topping up water and oil or changing headlamp bulbs.
This compares to 21 per cent two years ago and shows that motorists are relying less on professionals for basic car care.
However, 90 per cent of those surveyed ensured that their car was taken to a professional for all major repairs affecting the safety of the car and only one in 10 of those surveyed had increased the length of time between professional servicing.
Motoring expert Quentin Willson, said: “Tinkering under the bonnet is a long standing British tradition, like mowing the lawn or drinking tea.
“Though major repairs and safety issues should always be left to a professional, it’s great to see that Brits are heading back under the bonnet and getting their hands dirty, as there are several basic tasks like checking oil, tyre pressures, and changing headlight bulbs, that pretty much anyone can do in their own driveway.
“Basic car maintenance skills were in serious decline in the UK before the recession forced people to tighten their belts. Now the trend for car DIY is on the up it’s really important that inexperienced car owners get simple, clear and accurate advice.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office