Over a third (36.3%) of MOTs in the 2015-2016 financial year were failed initially, according to information made available by the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). The DVSA goes on to say that almost 50% of MOT failures could be avoided by carrying out basic car maintenance.
However, our study (March 2017) reveals that 28% of owners would not carry out any car maintenance to pass their MOT.
The study also reveals that only half of UK drivers would check that their lights (54%) and indicators (49%) work properly before their MOT - yet faulty lighting and signalling was the main cause of MOT failures, at 18.9%, according to DVSA statistics.
Only 59% of car owners surveyed by us would be confident enough to check that their headlights are working, while only slightly more than a third (38%) would be confident changing a tyre.
Most car owners were taught car maintenance by their dads (35%), while 33% of those surveyed were self-taught.
Almost a quarter (24%) of adults said they think driving instructors should be teaching new drivers car maintenance, but only 7% of people polled said their driving instructor taught them.
If you aren't confident on your car maintenance skills, brush up on your skills as soon as possible - whether you are teaching yourself or turning to someone else for help.
Although car maintenance confidence in the UK is low, there are regional differences
Overall, The East Midlands (29%), Yorkshire & the Humber (31%), Wales (30%) and the North East (27%) all score highly when it comes to self-teaching car maintenance skills.
But it's Yorkshire & the Humber leading the way, as car owners from this region are the most likely to have carried out car maintenance, with only two-fifths (20%) never having done any car maintenance on their current car.