Know more about your headphones than your headlights?
Young drivers are ‘overwhelmingly naïve’ when it comes to the practical side of owning a car.
At least that’s according to motors.co.uk, after a survey found only 38 per cent of under-35s know how often their cars need an MOT and just 24 per cent know how to change a wheel.
So are there benefits to expanding your car knowledge?
Well for a start you'll be able to keep your car in better condition simply by knowing when it should be taken for an MOT and how often it should be serviced.
Any car over three years old needs an annual MOT to ensure it's fit to be on the road. If you're unsure of when your next test is due, you can check the MOT status of your vehicle using the government's website. It's also wise to get your car serviced once a year.
It's a good idea to learn how to carry out basic maintenance too. You should be able to check and top up your oil, inspect and inflate your tyres and ensure your coolant is at the right level. Autosessive has a range of car maintenance how-to guides that will walk you through everything you need to know.
When you're on the road, there are plenty of rules and regulations you need to abide by — and we aren't just talking about the speed limits. Do you know all about the laws concerning seatbelts, tinted windows and the drink drive limit? If not, you should take a look over the government's guide to The Highway Code, road safety, and vehicle rules.
Having more knowledge about your car will make it easier to buy parts and accessories too.
If you've been driving for a while and still don't know your ignition coil from your steering rack, study Best Products' Beginner's Guide to Auto Parts, which will teach you everything you need to know.
Greater knowledge means you'll be able to choose cars best suited to your needs because If you don't know a lot about vehicles in general, it can be difficult to know what to look out for when buying a new car. Investopedia's Complete Guide to Buying a New Car has all the advice you'll need to make an informed decision.
Expanding your car knowledge could also save you money in a whole host of ways. By learning to drive more efficiently you could save on petrol and by knowing the rules of the road you can avoid the fines which come with breaking them. And if you learn to maintain your car yourself, you won't have to pay mechanics to do it for you.
Learning about cars and the rules of the road is incredibly important — it can keep you safe, put your mind at ease, and even save you money. So, what are you waiting for?