Poll Finds South East Drivers Worst for Car Maintenance Competence

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17th October 2011 16:15 - Automotive

A nationwide poll of 2 000 men and women across the UK by Unipart Automotive in conjunction with National Car Care Week has revealed that South East drivers have the biggest lack of knowledge when it comes to car maintenance.

Half of all South East men and women were found to be clueless when it comes to simple tasks such as releasing the bonnet, locating the dipstick and checking the oil on their cars.

The poll discovered that over a third of adults from the South East avoid garages to resolve any car problems as they feel intimidated because of their lack of car know-how, and a further 69.75% feel at risk of getting ripped-off by mechanics.

In addition, just under three quarters of drivers in this area are not embarrassed about their inability to look after their own car. A third said the first thing they would do if they broke down was to ring their partner, while over 20% would ring their dad for help.

Stuart Sims of Unipart Automotive commented: “These results are worrying as they suggest many drivers are not checking the roadworthiness of their vehicles. The more advanced cars have become the less adept consumers have been at maintaining them.”

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