Many British drivers cannot carry out basic vehicle safety checks despite the fact that a number of these are required to pass the current driving test.
Research by AA Garage Guide, the AA’s MOT, repairs and car servicing garage finder, reveals that 1.3 million drivers aren’t even sure how to open the car bonnet.
As winter approaches roads become more hazardous, yet many drivers don’t know how to prepare their car for the cold weather. More than a fifth (22%) of motorists are unsure how to check their tyre thread depth and a quarter (26%) don’t know how to top up their cooling system with antifreeze.
According to the AA Populus poll of over 18,000 AA members, many licensed drivers can’t answer the required ‘show me, tell me’ questions in the current DVSA driving test. Over half of drivers (53%) don’t know how to check the power steering is working and over a third (38%) wouldn’t know how to check their brake fluid is at a safe level – yet learner drivers are expected to know how to do both in their driving test.