IT’S TIME FOR CAR SERVICE LESSONS
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