‘How do you check tyres … and what is a dipstick?’

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Grey nomads and vehicle maintenance
When was the last time you checked your oil levels?

For grey nomads often travelling tens of thousands of kilometres a year, vehicle maintenance is an absolutely critical part of their on-the-road routine.

While some travellers are better than others, most are keenly aware that regularly checking things like tyre pressure and oil levels are absolute minimum requirement to stay safe … and to stay mobile.

It seems though that not all drivers are across the basic of vehicle maintenance as they should be.

New research from Driver Safety Australia has found many younger motorists know very little about maintaining the cars they drive.

The organisation reports that four in five young Australian drivers are guilty of not undertaking any regular checks on their car – either leaving it to someone else or naively believing a warning light would alert them to any safety issue.

Even when faced with a specific issue like a broken headlight or worn windscreen wiper, the research revealed that young drivers are two times more likely to blow $50 on a meal out with friends than they would on fixing that safety concern.

In fact, young drivers are more likely to spend money cleaning their car than they are fixing a critical safety issue.

Alarmingly, the research also showed that two in five drivers aged 25 and under have knowingly driven on a car that had a safety issue at the time.

Driver Safety Australia founder and CEO Russell White said this frightening research was not only endangering the lives of young drivers, but road users more generally.

“Every driver has a responsibility to ensure they’re taking precautions to keep themselves and those around them safe … whether that’s tyre tread and being able to brake in time, or having adequate vision in different weather conditions with working wipers or headlights,” Mr White said. “On top of these safety concerns, there’s also the added risk of being stranded when broken down on the side of the road.”

In an effort to better arm young people with the capabilities and know-how, Driver Safety Australia has teamed up with leading specialist auto retailer Supercheap Auto to hold a National Check It Day, on Saturday, March 30, when free training will be provided across Supercheap Auto’s 278 stores nationwide.

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8 Responses to ‘How do you check tyres … and what is a dipstick?’

  1. Yep sounds correct younger generations don’t even look at vehicle.
    A quick check and regular maintenance can save thousands

  2. Any car driver worth their weight in salt should know the basics such as, tyre pressure, coolant levels, brake fluid levels, tyre treads just to name a couple. However more scary is the age of drivers tyres, it is astonishing that there are a lot of drivers out there, unfortunately, of all ages have no idea that there is a use by date on all of their tyres, irrespective of how much tread appears on the tyre. This issue can cause tyres to explode without warning, which when towing some of the vans today can be catastrophic.

  3. Ask a 20 to 30 year old to change a tyre.

  4. A lot of office people at my work openly admit they have never lifted their bonnet as they don’t know what’s underneath …………….

  5. Had a bit of a giggle when i seen this article. The other day a guy came into my office & said i had a flat tyre i asked one of my guys if he could change it for me as it was the end of the shift & i had paperwork to finish off this guy was in his 30’s i know what a lot of replies would be on here but his reply was that he didn’t know how so i asked another guy to help him when done i asked how did the 1st guy go the 2nd said he bolted not bad for an underground miner not only the very young

  6. I first heard this vehicle approaching my workshop (metallic knock) then it appeared at the door, dad jumps out & said `there’s something wrong with my sons car` I said to the son `can you open the bonnet ` he didn’t know how & neither did dad! I put 4L of oil into the engine, it’s capacity was 4.5L Whilst the bonnet was up I checked the coolant, it resembled muddy creek water, washer bottle bone dry & I could see the plates in the battery from the fill points. The type pressures varied from 12psi to 26psi
    This is what’s out there Ladies & Gentleman, and this is only one example of what I have seen over all the years of service station & workshop life.
    I should write a book.

  7. Good one Vardon. What about the young lady came into our garage ,some years ago , with the engine make some odd noises. She had been told by her dad to keep the radiator topped up . Problem turned out the rocker cover looked like the right hole to top up with water. Right up to and covering the rockers.Engine flush and fresh oil. All good.

  8. Many years ago , working at a servo, the pump attendant was asked to fill oil in a rear engined car. He did just that, filled the whole engine, up to the rocker cover. He came back into the shop and mentioned that the engine took a lot of oil! Luck he did not try to start it.
    When our children were learning to drive they were all taught basic maintenance and how to change a wheel.
    Many moons ago a friend that did lots of kilometres had a Magna, and never changed the oil in 300,000 klm, just topped it up occasionally.

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