New research released today from UK based car insurance firm, LV=, has revealed that there is a large car maintenance skills gap between generation Z and generation Y.
The study found that millennials come out on top for their car maintenance skills, with half of 17-24 year olds saying they would find it easy to perform some basic car maintenance themselves.
Unfortunately, confidence falls amongst older drivers, with less than a third (31%) of those aged over 45 saying they would find it easy to repair a simple problem with their vehicle.
LV=’s research stands in stark contrast to the widely held belief that older generations have a better knowledge of car maintenance compared to younger generations.
The little problems with cars that can be easily solved at home soon add up. On average, UK households with more than one car could in total be spending over £390 million, outside of the yearly MOT service, on unnecessary mechanic fees.
Changes in the modern driving test curriculum and Google are having a significant impact on helping younger generations develop this confidence.
Since 2004, driving tests have included stricter testing of the driver’s knowledge of how the vehicle works.
What’s more, in 2017 the ‘expanded distraction test’ was introduced which includes a satnav challenge, and ‘show me, tell me’ questions on car safety features and how they work.