UK motorists confident over car maintenance

31st May 2012

When it comes to car maintenance, the majority of UK drivers are quietly confident with simple tasks like changing tyres, according to a new survey from GEM Motoring Assist.

The road safety organisation quizzed 800 drivers on their car maintenance knowledge, with the results providing some room for optimism ahead of the busy bank holiday weekend.

According to its research, 99 per cent of respondents knew exactly where to find the dipstick in their car while a further 94 per cent said they knew how to change tyres in the event of a puncture.

The survey also revealed that just over 95 per cent of those who answered knew how to jump start a car, should the situation arise.

Commenting on the findings, Gem chief executive David Williams was pleased at the positive response the survey garnered.

"Amid all the doom and gloom of the economy, rising petrol prices and maintenance costs, it’s great to know that drivers are more than capable of running simple car maintenance on their cars themselves," he said.

Despite the positive results, Mr Williams did call on motorists to seek professional advice and servicing from a garage or tyre fitting specialist in the event of a major problem.

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Posted by Danielle Barge