Almost three quarters of millennials can't change a tyre

How to change a tyre

A new poll of 2,000 drivers has revealed that 73 per cent of 18-23 year olds have no idea how to change a tyre. More than a third also admitted they would struggle to confidently open a car bonnet.

The poll, which was carried out by TV show Flipping Bangers, found that 63 per cent of millenials have never tried to fix or repair a car they bought. Four in 10 millennials would even struggle to know how to top-up their levels of screenwash to keep their windscreens clear.

On the other hand, almost half of those aged 36 and above could confidently change a wheel at the side of the road. Three times as many over-36-year-olds also said they would be confident wiring a plug, compared to their younger counterparts.

However, young drivers do have one ace up their sleeve – they’re more likely than their older counterparts to know how to connect their phone to the car’s Bluetooth system.

According to one of the the show’s hosts, Gus Gregory: “Most people get into their cars, turn the key and drive away, without really knowing anything about the reasons why something goes wrong when it does. We think it’s a good idea for everyone, no matter what age, to learn the basic and normally most vital principles of car maintenance".

Test your knowledge by taking this quiz:

Top 20 things millennials would struggle to do:
1. Fix a leaky tap

2. Re-wire a plug

3. Change a headlight bulb

4. Bleed a radiator

5. Change a car tyre

6. Jump star a car with a flat battery

7. Replace the wiper blades

8. Change a fuse

9. Check the tread depth on car tyres

10. Put up a shelf

11. Unblock the sink

12. Descale a kettle

13. Connect your phone to the car radio

14. Build flat pack furniture

15. Top up the oil in the car

16. Change a lightbulb

17. Check the tyre pressures on the car

18. Find the spare tyre

19. Check the oil levels in a car

20. Fill up the screenwash

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