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Millennials more likely to maintain their own car

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A new study has found that more young drivers feel confident with basic car maintenance than their parents’ generation, as a result of online ‘how to’ videos.

The research by LV found that millennials come out on top for their car maintenance skills, with half of 17-24 year olds saying they would find it easy to perform some basic car maintenance themselves.

Confidence falls among older drivers, with less than a third (31%) of those aged over 45 saying they would find it easy to repair a simple problem with their vehicle.

LV says its research stands in stark contrast to the widely held belief that older generations have a better knowledge of car maintenance compared to younger generations.

It believes that changes in the driving test and increased use of Google for day-to-day activities are having a significant impact on helping younger generations develop this confidence.

Trend data from Google shows that searches for ‘how to’ videos relating to car and home maintenance are growing 70% year-on-year, with the younger generation more likely to use online videos to learn new skills, as a result of being more internet savvy.

The study found that 95% of 18-24 year olds claim they use YouTube for research, compared with an average of just 68% of those aged over 35.

To help drivers of all ages and generations become confident at performing basic car maintenance, LV has created a series of easy ‘how-to’ videos in partnership with Gemini Accident Repair Centres, which will be available to view on the company’s Facebook page.

LV managing director of Car Insurance, Selwyn Fernandes, said: “At LV, we want to help our customers become safer and more confident drivers. With so many people saying they wouldn’t know where to start when it comes to performing maintenance on their car, along with Gemini Accident Repair Centres, we’ve decided to create some simple-to-follow guidance for common car problems. We know from previous research that more and more households have second cars, so understanding how to repair simple car problems can help families save money. 

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