updated 3/21/2010 8:00:00 PM ET 2010-03-22T00:00:00

UK van drivers know more about engines than any other road user, according to research.

A survey of 1,500 motorists, by van insurance retailer Swinton Commercial, found that van drivers were top of the engine pops.

The poll found that 97% of van drivers knew how to change their tyre compared to just 76% of car drivers. And 81% knew the correct tyre pressure compared to just 20% of car drivers.

Swinton advises all drivers to have enough basic knowledge to:

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton, said: "It is good to know that our van insurance customers are so knowledgeable about their engines, but at the same time it is concerning than many car drivers lack basic understanding.

"All drivers should have at least basic knowledge of their vehicles and should not rely on other people to carry out maintenance work, such as filling up tyres and topping up oil, to avoid unnecessary claims which can lead to an increase in insurance premiums."

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