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Vast majority of British drivers struggle with basic vehicle maintenance, research shows

Three in four (76 per cent) of Brits have admitted to struggling with performing basic car maintenance tasks, new research has found.

A survey of 2,000 British drivers by comparison site comparethemarket.com found a lack of confidence in doing even the simplest jobs.

Changing a wheel was found to be one of the most unnerving tasks, with an estimated 11 million drivers admitting they would not feel confident trying it.

This was closely followed by doing an oil change (24 per cent) and checking the brake fluid level (21 per cent).

Even checking tyre tread wasn’t something that 13 per cent of drivers would want to try.

However, the data showed drivers aged 55 and over are significantly more confident when conducting car maintenance.

Fewer than one in ten (six per cent) of those aged 17 to 24 said they felt confident carrying out all necessary car maintenance compared to almost two in five (37 per cent) motorists aged 55 and over.

Alex Hasty, director at comparethemarket.com said: “Three in four drivers don’t feel confident carrying out maintenance tasks including changing a tyre or checking their oil.

“All drivers are responsible for ensuring their vehicle is well maintained and kept in a roadworthy condition.

“If you are faced with car maintenance tasks that you are unable to complete yourself, it is essential that you seek professional support as soon as possible.

“Failing to keep your vehicle in a safe and roadworthy condition can not only invalidate your car insurance but could also land you with a fine of up to £2,500 and three points on your licence.”

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