The Road to a Long-Lasting Automobile

Auto technicians say the key to keeping vehicles running well-today and down the road-is routine maintenance. Yet many drivers tend to stall when it comes to keeping up with some everyday auto-basics.

A recent survey by the Car Care Council found:

  • 27 percent of cars had low or dirty engine oil.
  • 23 percent had low tire pressure.
  • 26 percent had inadequate cooling protection.
  • 21 percent needed new belts.
  • 17 percent had dirty air filters.
  • 11 percent had low or contaminated brake fluid.

To help drivers keep their cars up to par, the council promotes programs such as National Car Care Month in April, to call attention to the benefits of regular vehicle care. During the month of April, vehicle inspection events are held in many communities.

The inspections include volunteers checking fluid levels, tires, lights and other system components. After the inspections are complete, volunteers and motorists review any problems that may have been found and motorists receive information about proper vehicle maintenance and repair.

The inspections are usually held in parking lots at shopping malls, schools and businesses and they’re generally sponsored by area repair facilities and auto-shops, as well as other businesses, civic groups and radio stations.