Liz Dobson: Rubber meets the road with Gen Y
It seems Gen Y are more concerned about what’s on their feet rather than what tyres are on their cars, according to a survey out this week.
Consumer research company, Canstar Blue, found some dangerous behaviour from our Gen Y car owners when it comes to their tyres.
The survey found that 40 per cent of Gen Ys were aware of the risks of driving on incorrectly inflated or bald tyres, but did it anyway, said Canstar NZ general manager, Jose George.
“Close to a third of the younger generation are also more willing to fork out their hard-earned cash on a great pair of shoes than they are on a good set of tyres (32 per cent), showing just how easy it is to prioritise the things we want over the ‘boring’ things that can keep us safe,” said George.
Gen Ys were least knowledgeable when it came to their car tyres, with 55 per cent stating that they didn’t know how to tell if they were getting a good deal or not compared to 35 per cent of Baby Boomers, who are more switched on to tyre bargains.
The survey also found that more than a quarter of New Zealanders (27 per cent ) had purchased cheap, low-quality tyres and regretted it, said George.
“This shows how important it is to be informed in the best ways to put safety first.
“You can visit sites like tyresafe.org for more advice.”
The survey also researched our parking habits with an overall 56 per cent of Kiwis admitting they’d “kerbed” their wheel rims when trying to parallel park.
Wellingtonians (61 per cent) were the most likely to have a spot of trouble with their parallel parking.
Maybe our politicians need some parking lessons.
Best parallel parkers? Waikato locals are least likely to have scratched their wheel rims.