• Oct 25, 2010
In a study conducted by UK used car website Autoquake.com, it seems that women are less likely to to perform basic maintenance compared to men.
According to the study, women are far more likely to avoid checking their vehicles' oil level, with 12 percent of survey respondents admitting they never even look at it. This compares to just eight percent of men claiming the same. Additionally, 14 percent of women responded that they never check tire pressure, while only seven percent of men admit they don't, either.

On the positive side, a good portion of women do perform basic car maintenance, including 22 percent claiming they check their tire pressure every month and another 27 percent saying they check their oil with the same frequency. Twenty-one percent of females surveyed even say they check their brake fluid level once a month. However, all those figures are still below the percentages for male respondents. See for yourself after the jump.

[Source: Autoquake.com | Image: Getty]
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WOMEN DRIVERS STEER CLEAR OF DIPSTICKS
20/10/10 from Autoquake

Female drivers lag behind men when it comes to performing basic car maintenance, according to research by Autoquake.com, the UK's largest online used car retailer.

More than one-in-ten female drivers (12 of men confess to the same neglect. Twice as many women (14) admit to never checking their tyre pressures while almost one-in-five say they never check the tread-depth.

Women drivers are also more likely than men to pay someone else to carry out basic maintenance for them. Just over 14 of men. A staggering 9 of men won't do this simple job for themselves.

Autoquake's CEO, Dermot Halpin, said: "We're surprised to find such differences between the sexes. Pumping up your tyres or checking the oil level doesn't require any special mechanical knowledge or muscle power, yet women drivers in particular are neglecting these basic but important checks.

"Failing to top up the car's oil level could lead to engine failure and a huge repair bill, while not checking your tyres' tread depth could mean your car is unsafe – and illegal." Halpin added.

Autoquake.com's survey also revealed differences around the country. Drivers from Northern Ireland take more care of their cars than most. Over 11 of drivers in south east England. A third of Northern Irish drivers check their car's oil level weekly. Again, drivers in the south east are most neglectful, with just 3% carrying out this check every seven days.

Autoquake Survey results


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. Thank you Autoquake.com. I would've never known this if not for the study you conducted.
        • 4 Years Ago
        my question is, how many guys are lying?

        Unless you have a BMW or a Wankel engine, oil use should be relatively low. I'll admit, I'm not a frequent checker of the oil- except on the older cars and after serious drives, though the tire pressure gets checked regularly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My first car I had to check the oil a lot because it leaked/burned and I had to put in a quart between changes. My 2nd car I never checked it because it didnt leak or burn up and I made it fine between changes, I checked it at first but after a couple years I didnt check it unless something felt wrong with the car. Now I have a synthetic and I forgot to check it for a few thousand miles, it got really low and I checked it just in time. So now Im back to checking the oil and making sure it stays full.
      • 4 Years Ago
      YOU DON'T SAY...
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they wanted an actual metric of how much cars are monitored, then they would ask "do you or someone else check your oil level once per month."

      My wife never checks her oil level, because she knows I do it for her. That doesn't make her stupid (if anything it makes me stupid, because she's tricked me into doing something else for her while she plays bejeweled blitz).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awe, come on. You pulled my comment? Do you guys at AB really think this story isn't going to go to the pottie-humor side?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey, it's back! Thanks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Funny. Every girl I've dated/been with loved touching my dipstick.

      I think these guys are doing it wrong.

      Lulz.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did they really need a survey to tell us this?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It was part of the Stimulus Bill.
        • 4 Years Ago
        c-urkel,

        it was a UK study. save the politics for the truth. enough stimulus money was pork that you dont need to make stuff up
      • 4 Years Ago
      Their logic is simple, "I'm a female and I'm too good to do maintenance on the car."

      I say, "Go back to the kitchen woman." This is a man's job.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Single women do, it's the married ones who don't.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, I hear it can be tough to get some ladies to touch dipsticks. ROTGLMAO!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This just in:

      The sky is blue and water is wet
      • 4 Years Ago
      I take it you regularly handle your dipstick?
      Carpenter
      • 4 Years Ago
      This study is so not true. Females touch my dipstick in my 4runner all the time.
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