An increasing number of women are prepared to get under their car’s bonnet and perform routine maintenance themselves, according to a new RAC research analysing 2,000 motorists.
More than a quarter (27%) said they were confident doing repairs on their vehicle, while 60% of females had already carried out at least on basic repair or maintenance task on their car.
Far from just shattering the stereotype that guys are the only ones to poke around under the hood of their car, the study also showed that in doing so, women motorists stand to save an estimated £141 a year in servicing and repair costs.
And it’s the issue of cost that seems to be driving women to perform their own routine car care tasks.
Nearly one quarter of all women asked said they were becoming more wary of repair costs, not wanting to be hoodwinked by rogue mechanics.
RAC patrol Louise French:
“It’s great to see more girls are getting to grips with their cars and taking on repairs and maintenance themselves.
“Doing simple repairs, asking friends or relatives for help or advice and taking extra care with vehicle maintenance are all now commonplace as drivers look for any way possible to cut the cost of running their cars.”
At the true enthusiast end of the scale, 2% of females described themselves a “DIY car maintenance experts” – only 2.5% of men described themselves as being the same.
It’s great to see that women are removing the stereotype that only men carry out car maintenance.
ARE YOU READY FOR DRIVELESS CARS…?
According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists, we’re not ready for autonomous vehicles just yet.
A survey conducted by the motoring group highlighted that 40% of drivers would never consider using a car the can pilot itself, and on top of this 65% of people are unsure as to whether the technology is a good idea.
We’re not all luddites though. Half of all drivers think that driverless cars will become popular, while nearly a quarter (22%) reckons they’d use a self-driving vehicle.
The main motive among the motoring public for the autonomous vehicle is safety, however.
The IAM’s poll outlined over half of people surveyed believe that automated systems should take control to prevent a crash, while 50% also believe the ability for a computer controlled car to stick to the speed limit is a good idea.
A staggering 92% like the fact that driverless car technology would put an end to tailgating, too.
Do you have an opinion on driverless cars? Do you think it’s the future for safer roads, or are you not so sure about a silicon chip controlling your safety? We want to hear from you below.