By Oliver Hall
Female drivers lag behind men when it comes to performing basic car maintenance, like checking tyres, according to research by Autoquake.com, the UK’s largest online used car retailer.
Twice as many women (14%) as men (7%) admit to never checking their tyre pressures while almost one-in-five say they never check the tread-depth. And although more than one-in-ten female drivers (12%) never check their car’s oil level, the men are more diligent, with just under 8% confessing to the same neglect.
Women drivers are also more likely than men to pay someone else to carry out basic maintenance for them with just over 14% of women paying to have coolant levels checked compared with 5% of men.
And a staggering 9% of women pay someone else to check their washer fluid level, while just 3% of men won’t do this simple job for themselves.
Dermot Halpin, CEO of Autoquake, said: “We’re surprised to find such differences between the sexes.
“Pumping up your tyres or checking the oil level doesn’t require any special mechanical knowledge or muscle power, yet women drivers in particular are neglecting these basic but important checks.
“Failing to top up the car’s oil level could lead to engine failure and a huge repair bill, while not checking your tyres’ tread depth could mean your car is unsafe – and illegal.”
Autoquake.com’s survey also revealed differences around the country.
Drivers from Northern Ireland take more care of their cars than most. Over 11% check their tyre pressures every week, compared with just 1% of drivers in south east England. A third of Northern Irish drivers check their car’s oil level weekly.
Again, drivers in the south east are most neglectful, with just 3% carrying out this check every seven days.