On average, younger drivers feel more confident when it comes to performing basic car maintenance than their parents.
In a survey of 1,003 motorists, conducted by insurance company LV=, 50% of drivers aged 17-24 said they would find basic car maintenance easy to carry out themselves. This is in contrast to 31% of driver’s aged 45 and above who said they would find it easy to repair a simple problem with their vehicle.
Changes to the modern driving test curriculum, to incorporate more mechanical knowledge, are thought to have contributed 17-24 year olds having more confidence with vehicle mechanics.
This age bracket is also more confident in turning to the Internet to seek advice and learn to fix basic mechanical problems. Trend data from Google demonstrates that searches for ‘how to’ videos for car and home maintenance continue to grow 70% year on year. The younger audience are more Internet savvy in general, with 95% of 18-24 year olds questioned saying they confidently use YouTube for research, in contrast to 68% of over 35’s.
President of the AA, Edmund King, commented “Knowing your way around a car is an important skill for drivers, but not one that everybody is confident with.” He said that basic vehicle knowledge is no longer an “optional extra” thanks to the modern day driving test, adding “Changes in technology are making cars more reliable, although it is still the basics that can go wrong, such as getting punctures, putting in the wrong fuel or running out of windscreen washer fluid. Obviously it is beneficial for drivers to be able to complete these basic maintenance tasks.”