Wednesday 28 September 2016

How do you change a flat tyre? Car maintenance 'confuses majority of motorists'

Published 06/04/2016 | 00:11

Some 42 per cent of those surveyed said they have no idea how to change a flat tyre
Some 42 per cent of those surveyed said they have no idea how to change a flat tyre

More than half of motorists (51%) admit to being confused by car maintenance, according to a survey.

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Some 85% do not know what MOT stands for (Ministry of Transport), while 42% have no idea how to change a flat tyre.

Over a third of motorists (36%) do not understand the majority of dashboard symbols and more than one in 10 (11%) do not know how to measure oil, according to the research.

The poll of 2,000 British drivers was commissioned by car repair and servicing company Kwik Fit.

Some 59% of motorists admitted not knowing the difference between MOTs and services, and over a fifth (21%) believe passing an MOT means a car is safe to drive for a year.

One in 50 (2%) drivers even think leaving the lights on will stop a vehicle frosting over.

Paul Boulton of Kwik Fit said: "The level of misunderstanding around what keeps our cars running safely is pretty shocking.

"The industry should be doing more to demystify these misconceptions."

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