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2018-03-23 07:29
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Changing your oil, keeping your ride clean... Here's how to do your part when it comes to car maintenance.

London - New research released from vehicle insurer LV.com, has revealed that there is a large car maintenance skills gap between generation Z and generation Y.

The study found that millennials come out on top for their car maintenance skills, with half (50%) of 17-24 year-olds saying they would find it easy to perform some basic car maintenance themselves. Unfortunately, confidence falls amongst older drivers, with less than a third (31%) of those aged over 45 saying they would find it easy to repair a simple problem with their vehicle.

LV.com’s research stands in stark contrast to the widely held belief that older generations have a better knowledge of car maintenance compared to younger generations.

The little problems with cars that can be easily solved at home soon add up. 


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Changes in the modern driving test curriculum and Google are having a significant impact on helping younger generations develop this confidence. Since 2004, driving tests have included stricter testing of the driver’s knowledge of how the vehicle works.

What’s more, in 2017 the ‘expanded distraction test’ was introduced which includes a satnav challenge, and ‘show me, tell me’ questions on car safety features and how they work.

Additionally, trend data from Google shows that searches for ‘how to’ videos relating to car and home maintenance are growing 70% year-on-year, with the younger generation more likely to use online videos to learn new skills, as a result of being more internet savvy. An astonishing 95% of 18-24 year olds claim they use YouTube for research, compared with an average of just 68% of those aged over 35.

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