FALLS CHURCH, Va. (Aug. 10, 2010) — The Motorist Assurance Program (MAP) is sponsoring its fourth annual Brake Safety Awareness Week, Aug. 21-29, and expects more than 8,000 auto repair centers to participate.
During Brake Safety week, auto service shops are expected to offer inspections, educate motorists regarding undercar systems, provide complimentary vehicle troubleshooting materials and answer consumers' preventative maintenance questions.
MAP, the consumer outreach effort of the Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association, has issued new point-of-sale promotional materials, including a poster which can be displayed in participating facilities, and a brochure which helps to educate consumers on the benefits of a brake inspection.
MAP is encouraging consumers to stop at a MAP participating car repair shop for a brake and related undercar inspection. The organization requires all of its participating facilities to adhere to a strict set of vehicle inspection and consumer communication standards, based on MAP criteria.
MAP said each year, Brake Safety Awareness Week has drawn increased consumer participation. Last year, an average service shop performed repairs on more than 50 percent of the vehicles inspected.
“Many vehicles require service that the average person wouldn't be able to detect from daily driving, making it even more critical to perform periodic safety inspections. Plus, it's important to know what to look out for when it comes to brake components and other undercar parts that periodically wear out,” said MAP President Barry Soltz.