When it comes to basic ‘car sense’, it appears that UK motorists stall at the first sign of a problem with one in five admitting they don’t know how to open the bonnet of their own car, according to a study by Kumho tyres.
The survey also claims that half of drivers don’t know how to change a wheel if they suffered a flat tyre and it goes on to reveal that one in six motorists over the age of 30, who took part in the survey, said they relied on their parents to save the day in the event of a breakdown.
About a third of motorists rely on their annual MOT test to discover mechanical faults and to reassure them that their car is fit for use, according to the tyre manufacturer, while ignoring the fact that it will not highlight most current or developing faults and doesn’t guarantee a car’s roadworthiness for the whole year.
Dan Woodward, brand manager at Kumho Tyre UK, said: “It’s a concern that such a large proportion of British road users don’t know basic car maintenance, especially something as crucial as accessing the engine bay!
“A fundamental knowledge of how your car operates ensures that drivers recognise potential warning signs, improving safety for all road users. Perhaps British drivers need to go back to basics.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office