PORT CLINTON, Ohio—Too many motorists keep their fingers crossed when they suspect potential car problems, a consumer group's study has found.
The Women's Board of the Port Clinton-based Car Care Council (CCC) surveyed 263 women—83 percent of whom are responsible for the maintenance of their vehicles. The results showed most participants are procrastinators.
Only a third of respondents said they would immediately check out a brake warning signal light or strange sounds when applying the brakes. Nearly half said they'd look into it sometime that week, one out of five would do it during that month, and 56 percent said they would actually make the decision to have brake work done.
One of five did not know whether or not their vehicle was equipped with an antilock braking system (ABS), but 52 percent were aware that ABS requires a different driving style.
As for where to have brake work done, survey respondents ranked independent repair shops first and brake specialists second.