Has the internet created unpractical Britain?

With help at the touch of a (mouse) button, the solutions to DIY nightmares are just a click away. But today’s tech-savvy world has a downside – most Britons lack the skills needed to run a house or maintain a car.

In a poll of 2,000 adults across the UK, TyreShopper found that 53 per cent of drivers cannot change a car tyre, while 44 per cent cannot unblock a toilet.

Meanwhile, seven out of ten cannot fix a leaky tap and more than 60 per cent are unable to repair a bike puncture.

When it comes to generation gaps, 18-24 year-olds appear to fall short of practical life skills, with nearly 70 per cent unable to descale a kettle. Less than one third also said they could change a fuse in a plug, compared to eight out of ten of the 55+ respondents.

Meanwhile, it seems dads still know best, with 30 per cent admitting to asking their fathers for advice, compared to just 15 per cent who call their mums in their hour of DIY need.

Following closely behind, however, is Google, with 29 per cent of respondents using the search engine for help with household problems. People also prefer to use the internet over a tradesman (ten per cent) as more people use YouTube for help (19 per cent).