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British drivers 'lack car knowledge'

Mon, 19 May 2008
Many drivers in the UK do not understand their cars as well as they would like, according to a new survey.

Nearly four in ten motorists do not understand dashboard lights and warnings, while 47 per cent say they have a poor knowledge of engines, the poll by Britannia Rescue discovered.

Almost three-quarters of respondents admitted that they would not be able to repair their own vehicles, while a significant proportion of Britons were found to be confused when it comes to abbreviations such as MPV (multi-person vehicle) and FWD (front-wheel drive).

"There is little doubt that innovation has made driving a far more pleasurable experience, but it has made part-time weekend mechanics a thing of the past," commented Emma Holyer, spokesperson for Britannia Rescue.

A survey conducted by esure earlier this year found that 19 per cent of drivers ignore their dashboard warning lights when they start flashing.

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