Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

I WROTE an ed­i­to­rial dur­ing the year about how a lot young driv­ers did not know how to change a flat tyre on their car. But re­search, com­mis­sioned by a tyre com­pany, shows it is not just young peo­ple who are stumped by wheel nuts. The sur­vey of 1000 Aus­tralians re­vealed 37 per cent of re­spon­dents could not change a tyre. The lack of me­chan­i­cal knowl­edge was alarm­ing. Twenty-eight per cent of 18-34 year olds sur­veyed did know how to check the oil level in their car and 44 per cent of 18-25 year olds did not know how to top up the coolant. Forty-one per cent of 18-25 year olds did not check the tyre pres­sure, oil and coolant be­fore a long trip. At best, this could cost the car owner a lot of money in ex­tra ser­vices. At worse it could re­sult in a se­ri­ous accident. Maybe the hol­i­days are a good time to give your chil­dren a quick les­son in ve­hi­cle checks.

Rick Lee - re­gional ed­i­tor

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