Modern men rely on their dads to carry out basic jobs on the house and car, it has been revealed.
The findings emerged in a study of 2,000 people, and show that men aged 18 to 30 struggle with relatively simple tasks, such as changing spark plugs, laying carpet or jump starting the car whilst by contrast, dads aged 45 and over think nothing of getting under the car bonnet to fix a problem, or embarking on a bit of DIY around the house.
The study also found that 25% of younger men would happily call dad for help if the car broke down, while a fifth rely heavily on on their male role-model for advice on jobs in the home.
A spokesman from GEM car and motoring insurance, who conducted the study, said:
“Today’s generations are unable to carry out jobs which their fathers would be able to do with their eyes closed.
“We’re not sure whether this absence of knowledge is down to a lack of time, work commitments, or simply a disinterest in knowing more.
“Certainly it seems more commonplace for men of today to rely on outside help for any household, gardening or car related tasks – whether it be dad, tradesmen or other professionals.
“And perhaps it is better to ask for help rather than making things up and risking a costly repair job.”
The poll shows that 79 per cent of young men can’t wallpaper a wall, 54 per cent are unable to put up a shelf, and just a third can hang a picture on the wall.
When it comes to their motor, men are just as useless:
- Only 30% can replace the oil in their own car;
- More than half wouldn’t have the first clue about how to change a tyre;
- 59 per cent don’t know how to replace the windscreen wipers.
In contrast, fathers are more than proficient at almost all the household, DIY and car related tasks:
- 85% of older men would easily be able to wire a plug (compared to just 40% of youngsters);
- 80% can test car tyre pressure;
- 75% are comfortable using the washing machine;
- 58 per cent could easily fix a door lock.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the results, 77 per cent of men aged 18 to 30 admit they don’t know nearly as much about car maintenance as their dads do, whilst 75 per cent are far more clueless than their dads about DIY and household upkeep.
When asked why they are unable to tinker with the car or repair the house, 44 per cent of young men cite a lack of time, a quarter simply prefer to ask dad, and two thirds prefer to call in the professionals.
David Williams MBE, CEO of GEM Motoring Assist, comments:
”We’re not surprised at these results as we frequently receive calls from dads about the fact that their son or daughter has broken down, rather than the young drivers calling themselves.
”The survey shows that between the two generations there is a real difference in approach to getting things like DIY and car maintenance done.
”The research could be a sign for the modern man to step up and take on a more ‘can-do’ approach, as their dads would.”
PERCENTAGE OF MEN WHO CAN:
Men aged 18-30 Men aged 45+
Change a car tyre 46% 71%
Replace oil in the car 31% 55%
Fill the car with petrol 62% 85%
Change the spark plugs on the car 20% 55%
Replace windscreen wipers on the car 42% 72%
Test the car tyre pressure 53% 83%
Fill up the windscreen wash on the car 54% 83%
Put up a shelf 46% 74%
Change a fuse 50% 86%
Change a light bulb 65% 85%
Hang a picture 57% 84%
Wallpaper a wall 22% 58%
Bake a cake 46% 45%
Wire a plug 42% 85%
Lay carpet 14% 39%
Lay laminate flooring 16% 31%
Work the washing machine 56% 74%
Lay decking in the garden 13% 37%
Turf a lawn 22% 50%
Seed a lawn 33% 65%
Fix a door lock 27% 58%
Change a door handle 37% 73%
Jump start the car 32% 71%
Put up a tent 56% 68%
Tune a television 63% 81%