Two in three teens don't know how to change a flat tire, check or change the oil, or jumpstart a battery, according to the survey. They are also unable to identify basic car parts or perform emergency roadside repairs.
According to the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association, only 15 percent of public school students take driver's education classes in high school, compared to 95 percent of students in the 1970s. Though most states require students to pass a driver's ed class before obtaining a license, a majority of teens attend private driving schools. As states and counties face budget cuts, the subject has largely disappeared from high school curricula nationwide.