Alarming Generation Gap Identified When it Comes to Vehicle Maintenance

What happens when your kids grow out of the backseat and into the driver's seat? Who's looking after their vehicles? Results from consumer research recently conducted clearly shows today's youth are neglecting their vehicles. This poses a safety threat to themselves, as well as others on the road. We are facing a generation gap when it comes to vehicle maintenance. Today's driving youth (18 to 24 years) don't know what their cars need and are not taking care of their vehicles. Youth are less likely to change their oil every 5,000 km than more experienced drivers. Many young people (22%) had no idea when to change it at all or wait until the oil light comes on. Only 45% of youth bring their vehicle in for maintenance at least once a year versus 76% of people over 50. 22% never bring it in or only when it breaks down and 34% wait for a warning light or a strange noise. 10% of young drivers reported that they never put air in their tires and an additional 9% admitted they do not know how to determine the correct tire pressure. These results identify an urgent need to educate today's young drivers about the need for regular vehicle maintenance."Automotive preventive maintenance and repair knowledge is like algebra", explains Kelly Williams, spokesperson for Car Care Canada. "We're not born knowing it, it has to be learned. It is important that we teach young drivers the basics about their cars before they get the keys." If you don't know much about automotive maintenance and repair, do yourself a favour and learn it along with your kids.

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