Australian Millennials Lack Basic Car Safety Knowledge

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Millennials don’t know how to keep themselves safe on the road, a new report by Driver Safety Australia reveals.

Three in four drivers under twenty-five own older, less safe cars, and most of them neglect to run regular checks on their vehicles.

Drivers under twenty-five are already the most vulnerable group on the road, but failing to take routine safety precautions also further increases their risk of road accident and injury.

Young drivers tend to take the “wait and see” approach, or rely on the warning light to highlight safety issues.

Car safety not a priority for millennials

The report found young drivers to be two times more likely to spend $50 on a meal out with friends than repair a damaged headlight or windscreen wiper.

They’re even more likely to spend money cleaning their car than fixing urgent safety problems. Even worse, the research found that two in five drivers under twenty-five have knowingly driven a car with a safety issue.

“Car crashes happen in an instant, and in that moment having a car in safe condition can be the difference between life and death,” Russell White, chief executive of Driver Safety Australia explains.

Young drivers are not only risking their own lives, but also the lives of other road users.

“There’s also the added risk of being stranded when broken down on the side of the road. We continue to see serious injuries and fatalities as a result of being struck in high-traffic areas, which can often be avoided,” White continued.

Fixing the skills gap

It’s not the attitude of young drivers that’s to blame, but rather a lack of basic skills and knowledge.

Even though a third of young drivers admit they have no idea how to conduct basic car safety checks, almost that same amount believe vehicle maintenance is a crucial skill every driver should know.

So Driver Safety Australia are launching a campaign to teach young drivers basic skills.

Young drivers will learn, for example, the importance of car insurance and physical damage coverage to protect against expensive car repairs in the case of an accident.

Safety tips including how to change tyres and windshield wipers will also be taught.

The campaign, named “Check It”, is in conjunction with Supercheap Auto, and will be rolled out Australia-wide. On March 30th 2019, free training will be provided across Supercheap Auto’s 278 Australian stores, with tutorials available online.

It’s hoped the campaign will motivate every young driver to take the correct precautions to keep themselves and those around them safe on the road.

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