Sunday, 18 March 2012

1 in 3 drivers would fail their theory test, according to new survey

One in three drivers believe they would fail their theory test if they had to take it today according to a survey conducted by Haynes Publishing.

The research also reveals that 20% of drivers don’t know how to carry out basic car checks, such as oil level, battery and brake fluid. Almost 7% admitted they knew nothing at all about car maintenance.

The survey showed the over 55s are the most confident at car maintenance with 60% in this age group reporting they know how to check and change the oil, battery and brake fluid.

Haynes is publishing a new version of the Highway Code for Drivers. Priced at just £2.50, the book includes the official rules of the road plus an extra section on basic car maintenance, car care and other practical matters such as tax, MoT and insurance.

Jeremy Yates-Round, MD Haynes Publishing said: 

“We all remember cramming the Highway Code. The problem is we don’t remember much of the Code itself. But what’s really useful about Haynes’ new version is the extra, practical advice on looking after a car and handling the paperwork – and all for the same price.” 

The maintenance and paperwork sections make this low-cost publication an invaluable tool for budding and experienced drivers. Using the famous Haynes how-to format, readers will learn to carry out oil and tyre checks, replace light bulbs and deal with paperwork involved in keeping a car on the road.

Haynes has also published a specialist version for motorcycle riders, Highway Code for Motorcyclists.

Sales Information:

Highway Code for Drivers and Highway Code for Motorcyclists are available from all good bookshops and direct from Haynes at or call 01963 442030, priced £2.50. 

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