By RACHEL BRODERICK
Do you know how to change the tire on your car?
How about changing your oil, or any of the other fluids?
The good news is you’re not alone.
When doing a survey of 100 random students both male and female between the ages of 18-24 at Niagara College, students were asked: “Do you know how to change a tire?”
Almost half of the students responded by saying they don’t know how to change a tire.
So why is it that millennials don’t know how to do something that nearly everyone in the Gen-X generation can do?
How many TV shows have you watched where you see a father teaching his son how to fix the car?
Why aren’t we learning how to fix these things on our own?
Well, maybe it’s because we are so reliant on other people, such as our parents and all the wonderful maintenance employees out there.
According to a 2014 survey released by RepairPal, young people may not care so much for their cars.
The survey queried 162 auto repair shop owners about trends in their services and general awareness of their clients. It found millennials aren’t the most attentive car owners.
One question asked which generation the mechanics thought were the least “car-care conscious.”
A whopping 48.67 per cent of the respondents said those ages 20-34, with 16-19 crew trailing even further behind at 47.33 per cent.
“No. I don’t know how to change my tires, or the light bulbs in my car or any of the fluids,” says Samantha Wa, 26.
Leanne Keller, 29, had the same answer,
“No, I don’t know how to do any of those things.”
According to Forbes, the statistics for millennials and what they know about maintaining a car are very low:
When it comes to the inner (and outer) workings of their cars, many millennials don’t know much, don’t realize they may be misinformed, or are disinterested in learning. Of course, this might be because when something isn’t working, tech service assistance is just a phone call away.
Now the auto repair and maintenance industry is using social media to overhaul its millennial outreach strategies.
Not everyone feels quite so helpless.
“When I had to change the headlight in my car I followed a video on YouTube,” says Samantha Gamble, 27.
Gamble makes a really good point, learning how to do any of these things is as easy as looking it up. on YouTube, which hosts thousands of videos on basic car-repair items for all makes and models.
Remember, even a well-equipped car can break down. Be sure to keep the following in your vehicle in case of emergency:
In snowy or icy areas, you should also keep: