- Two-fifths of drivers don't carry out regular checks on their vehicle
- 79 percent of drivers couldn't identify where to add brake fluid
- New 'Show and Tell' part of driving test been implemented
How well do you know your trusty vehicle? Chances are not very well, if a new survey by LV= Road Rescue is anything to go by. Many Brits, on lifting up their car bonnet – if they can even get that far – will simply not have a clue about the components that constitute the engine and its immediate space.
There are, in general, seven main parts that can be found under the hood of a car. This includes brake fluid, coolant, oil dipstick, battery, windscreen washer reservoir, oil filler cap and a bonnet release safe catch.
These features are, in that exact order, regularly misidentified by car owners, with, for example, a whopping 79 per cent unsure where they can find the brake fluid.
Now, there is a problem with this. Irrespective of whether they are old or new, cars need regular maintenance to stay in good working condition. Now, as this poll shows, this is simply not happening, meaning Brits are increasing the risk of damaging their vehicle.
LV= Road Rescue found that as many as two-fifths of motorists do not carry out the frequent checks that are necessary for good upkeep. In addition to incurring damage, it can lead to a breakdown. All of this costs money and in some cases, it can cost thousands of pounds to restore a car.
"Regular car maintenance is crucial, whether your car is old or new," advises Peter Horton, Managing Director of LV= Road Rescue.
"Looking after your car will prolong the time you get to enjoy it and will help prevent expensive car repair bills. Checking your oil level is one of the most important things you can do to extend the life of your engine – so get to know where to put the oil in your car and don’t wait for a warning light to come on."
Efforts have been made to transform people's understanding of their cars and, as of 2003; a driving test now has a “show me, tell me” stage. Two questions are put to prospective drivers – one asks for a demonstration on how to carry out a certain vehicle safety test and the other asks for a verbal explanation.
Still, that is still quite recent and there are, of course, many people on the roads who passed their test prior to this. Simply put, it has never been part of the mindset to carry out checks for it wasn't, so to speak, actively encouraged. This is where you run into serious problems and gaps in knowledge, all at the disadvantage of a car owner.