A study has found that 55 per cent of UK motorists say that they would not know how to fit a spare wheel and wouldn’t know what to do with a jack or how to tackle a locking wheel nut.
The research, carried out by Leasing Options, quizzed 1,000 drivers from the nation’s biggest cities including London and Birmingham.
While collectively 71 per cent know how to open their car bonnet, one third of women and over half of 25 to 34-year-olds confess to not knowing how to do this.
Mike Thompson, brand manager at Leasing Options, said: “We were shocked by some of the results and as a nation we need to make time to get to know our cars.
“Carrying out tasks on your vehicle without the correct knowledge can not only put yourself but others on the road in danger.
“We recommend that drivers who are unsure about the correct procedures to follow do not carry out the tasks themselves but seek help from a professional.”
It also found that one in five drivers do not know how to open their car bonnet.