10 April 2013

Posted by Discount Insurance on Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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Nearly half of all British drivers cannot change a tyre without help - but older drivers are way ahead of the youngest, a new study shows.

Just under half of Britain’s drivers would need help to change a tyre - and young people are less savvy than their elders, according to a new study.

Three-quarters of female motorists admitted they would struggle to get their new tyre on in the research by a leading insurance company. But while 46 per cent of drivers aged 18-24 claimed they could get a new tyre on themselves, that figure rose to 49 per cent for those over 65.

In fact, across 15 different questions reflecting their understanding of the different features and maintenance of their vehicles, older drivers came out on top every single time.

Only an eighth of older drivers said that they did not understand all of the different warning lights and the dashboard display of their cars, compared to three out of ten younger motorists.

Perhaps more young drivers would benefit from reading their owners’ manuals - half of 18-24-year-old drivers have not yet read their copy, compared to just 15 per cent of senior citizens.

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Sarah Parkin

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