When my husband filled up our diesel car with petrol twice within a month, I nearly burst a blood vessel. But it seems he is far from alone when it comes to making motoring mistakes. Those two particular mishaps set us back a painful £400 in total, but a new study of motorists by car and van retailer Evans Halshaw reveals that plenty of others drivers have made similar costly clangers. More than 2,000 motorists were questioned on their driving and car knowledge, with some shocking results.
Fuel foolsOne in four motorists admitted to the same expensive error of filling up their tank with the wrong fuel, while others confessed to having put screen wash in the oil tank or to mistaking air freshener for de-icer. Other faux pas revealed by the research include:
- Mounting a kerb while driving
- Not knowing how to open the bonnet
- Running out of fuel mid-journey
- Driving the wrong way down a one-way street
- Turning window wipers on instead of lights