49 per cent of British drivers wouldn’t know how to change a tyre
25 June 2007

No wonder the AA’s just been sold for £3.3bn. According to a survey commissioned by rival breakdown firm Green Flag, around a third of UK motorists wouldn’t know a spark plug from a spanner.One in five men and nearly half of all drivers wouldn’t know where to find a spark plug, while one in six women drivers don’t know how to open their car bonnet.Still, we’re not sure what they’d do if they did open the bonnet, as 13 per cent of motorists don’t know how to fill up the windscreen washer reservoir, and a similar number couldn’t tell you where to find the dipstick (maybe it’s the person standing looking under the bonnet with a puzzled look on their face…).Worryingly, 22 per cent of drivers don’t know how to check tyre pressure. And should they get a puncture, a whopping 49 per cent of drivers wouldn’t know how to change a wheel. Then again, it’s amazing that some people get far enough to get a puncture, as almost a million motorists – that’s three per cent - have no idea what the low fuel warning light looks like in their car.

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