Mr. Fix-It Versus Ms. Fix-it in Car Maintenance

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Children learn at a very early age what it means to be a boy or a girl in our society. Through a myriad of activities, opportunities, encouragements, discouragements, overt behaviors, covert suggestions, and various forms of guidance, children experience the process of gender role socialization.

Car maintenance behavior falls into a gender pattern too.   A recent study shows that men are more likely to maintain their car on a regular basis.  According to a recently study a third of men claim to check their tires every month compared to a quarter of women.  The study did hint that women are good at delegating because 32 percent of women had someone else look at their tires.  In this case only 4 percent of men would have someone else look at their tires.

Interestingly enough, the survey also reported that despite current economic hardships vehicle owners would rather spend money on vehicle maintenance to uphold safety rather than cut corners. A third of survey population said better quality, durability and top of the line safety features still worth high price tag in poor economy.

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