More than half of drivers do not how to change a tyre while 28% do not know how to open their car bonnet, new research from Leasing Options has found.
The vehicle leasing company surveyed more than 1,000 drivers and found that less than 50% of respondents across major UK cities, including Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, London and Newcastle, know how to carry out basic tasks, such as changing a tyre, checking brake fluid or adjusting the height of a steering wheel.
While collectively 71% of UK drivers know how to open their car bonnet, one-third of women (34%) and more than half (58%) of 25- to 34-year-olds do not know how to open their car bonnet.
Additionally, less than a quarter (24%) of 18- to 24-year-olds know how to change a tyre.
Mike Thompson, brand manager at Leasing Options, said: “We want to ensure Brits are safe on the roads when the weather makes driving conditions more risky. We were shocked by some of the results and as a nation we need to make time to get to know our cars.
“Carrying out tasks on your vehicle without the correct knowledge can not only put yourself but others on the road in danger.
"We recommend that drivers who are unsure about the correct procedures to follow do not carry out the tasks themselves but seek help from a professional.”