Many motorists in the UK are unaware of the key parts of their vehicles according to new research, while some struggle before the bonnet is even opened.
A roadside study commissioned by LV=Road Rescue found one in eight motorists were unable to open their own car bonnet.
Meanwhile one in six couldn’t identify a single one of the seven main components found when ‘popping the hood’ on an average car.
Maintaining a car requires it be checked regularly but more than a third of drivers could not identify where to pit brake fluid and a quarter did not know where to put engine coolant.
A further 10% struggled to pinpoint the oil filler cap while even identifying the battery and oil dipstick proved difficult for some – with 7% unable to say where they were.
According to the study, it was drivers who undertook their driving test before the “Show Me Tell Me” aspect of the driving test was introduced in 2003 that fared better.
Interestingly though, the study also highlighted one of the main issues behind the problems faced by drivers – the sheer number of cards available.
Sixteen of the most popular makes of UK cars were looked at and only the car battery and brake fluid were found to be located in similar places.
The engine oil cap, oil dipstick, engine coolant and windscreen washer cap were found in many different locations, meaning motorists who constantly change vehicles would struggle.
As a result, it is perhaps understandable to see why such large proportions of motorists were failing when it came to identifying parts.
However the biggest risk to result from their lack of knowledge is the potential damage that is being done to their cars.
Regular maintenance is needed to keep cars in the best condition and this cannot be occurring if drivers are unsure of which parts are which.
Two fifths of motorists admitted to not doing any checks which increases the risk of breakdown while potential issues could end up costing drivers.
For instance, running an engine without coolant could causes hundreds or thousands of pounds worth of damage.
In instances where costs like these do need paying, car loans could provide a way of ensuring a driver can stay on the road, provided that repayments can be made.