BETHESDA, Md. (Dec. 27, 2002)—Aiming to get more attention from motorists, the Car Care Council has adopted April as National Car Care Month instead of October.
The Bethesda-based group said drivers are more receptive to the concept of inspecting and repairing their vehicles in April when warm weather and vacations are on the horizon.
National Car Care Month got its start in the early 1980s when the Ohio Department of Energy approached the Car Care Council seeking educational material to build consumer awareness of vehicle maintenance as a means of conservation. The month has since grown into a nationwide event presenting automotive service shops an opportunity to promote their businesses and to sponsor vehicle inspections.
Statistics compiled from recent National Car Care Month events show that 77 percent of all vehicles brought to check lanes during the month need repair or maintenance, the council said. It also pointed out that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates mechanical defects or worn equipment on vehicles are a causative or aggravating factor in 12.6 percent of vehicle crashes. All told, neglected vehicle maintenance represents about $60 billion annually in unsold services and parts, the council said.
For more information about National Car Care Month, click on www.carcare.org.