Younger drivers ‘should bone up to avoid forking out’

Millions of pounds is being wasted by young drivers because they are paying for mechanics to carry out fairy simple maintenance on their cars, according to new research.

A study by insurance provider Direct Line reveals that around £140 million is being spent every year by drivers under the age of 25 on procedures such as oil checks and tyre changes.

Some 37 per cent of 18 to 24-year-old drivers are unsure of how to check their car’s brake fluid, 50 per cent would not know how to jumpstart their vehicle and 55 per cent cannot replace a tyre.

Another 55 per cent lack the know-how to change a headlamp, indicator or brake light bulb, compared to 35 per cent of motorists in their late-30s and early-40s.

Emma Holyer, motor spokesperson for Direct Line, said: "It’s not unusual for drivers to feel a little helpless when it comes to car maintenance – however, it is important for drivers to be able to make basic safety checks on their vehicle, such as checking tyre pressure and oil level.

"These checks are essential before embarking on a long journey and we are urging motorists to ensure they are able to conduct these simple tests rather than relying on parents or mechanics for help."

Of all the young people surveyed, 30 per cent admitted to having paid to have their oil changed, 25 per cent had forked out for a brake fluid check and 15 per cent had paid for a tyre replacement.

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