Male drivers lack maintenance skill

A majority of men are inept at maintaining their own cars, a poll has suggested.

According to a survey, a startling 58% of male drivers do not know how to take care of their vehicle, or what to expect when they look under the bonnet.

The poll of 1,500 driving men found that 41% do not even attempt to wash their vehicles.

Warning lights on the dashboard are completely indecipherable to around 33% of male motorists, while 31% do not want to carry out even the most essential maintenance work.

Three in 10 men admit to being ashamed of their basic car maintenance skill deficiencies, and 21% even keep away from filling their car with fuel and are quite happy letting someone else do it for them.

According to the poll, location wise, male drivers from Aberdeen are the best at car maintenance, followed by those in Wrexham in North Wales and in Leicester.

Male drivers from Cambridge are the worst at maintaining their vehicles, followed closely by those in Worcester and Brighton.

Paul Coulter, spokesman for, said: "The results of the survey are shocking. You would assume that men in particular would at least know the basics about how a car works and how to look after it, but this simply isn't the case.

"If you take good care of your car, you are likely to get a better price for it when you come to sell it. You'll also find a car which is in good working order and condition much easier to sell."

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