According to a survey conducted by Arlington Research, more than a third of UK drivers aged between 45 and 55 don’t feel confident changing their tyre.

Can you change a tyre?

The survey of 1,500 UK road users found that a quarter (23%) of middle aged people are unable to change their oil and 12% can’t change the windscreen washer fluid.

The most surprising stat for the next generation of road users is that 62% of 18-25 year olds are unable to change a tyre, and more than a third say they do not know how to check tyre tread of pressure. News of this will surely see the AA’s stock prices soar!

Regional skill  

While they may be particularly skilled at making tea, it would appear that drivers in Yorkshire and the South West are less adept at changing tyres with almost half of respondents (47%) admitting they can’t do it.

Speaking about the survey Matt Sutherland, chief operating officer of Alphabet, said:

“While this research shows that it’s not just the millennial generation that struggle with vehicle upkeep, what it also shows is that as a society we are becoming more and more reliant on experts and third party providers to assist us with vehicle maintenance. 

“We’re not lazier; we’ve just become accustomed to a different way of managing our daily lives. On-demand services are now an integral part of most people’s busy lives.

“It’s now more convenient and affordable to include services like maintenance and breakdown as just another part of the ‘vehicle package’ that you lease or own. 

“It removes a lot of hassle and worry for drivers who are increasingly time poor, providing them with reassurance and peace of mind.

“The technology is now so sophisticated that as soon as a warning light goes on in your car, the car also informs your leasing company who can be in contact with you the same day to book it in for a service.”

He added:

“We would encourage drivers of all ages to familiarise themselves with the basics of vehicle maintenance, such as checking their tyre pressures, tyre tread depth and oil levels. These simple ‘life-hacks’ will help you stay safe on the road and hopefully avoid the inconvenience of breaking down.”

Food for thought  

With a greater shift toward autonomous vehicles and enhanced technology the need to perform vehicle maintenance has been significantly reduced. With each generation, important skills which would normally have been passed down, are changing. Instead of manual labour, future generations will be better skilled digitally. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, more a change of the times.

With that being said, does the need to learn basic vehicle maintenance skills now fall to driving schools and instructors? Should it be adopted as part of ones driving test? We’d love to hear your thoughts on our social media channels.

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