WOODRIDGE, Ill. — The Motorist Assurance Program (MAP) is hoping to encourage awareness of brake system maintenance by declaring August as Brake Safety Awareness Month.
According to one consumer survey, brake pad replacement is one of the most neglected or delayed maintenance items for vehicle owners.
"August is a great time to think about your vehicle's brakes, with many families wrapping up the summer with a road trip, sending kids off to school and the increase in vehicle use with additional after-school activities," MAP said.
"We encourage all motorists to have their vehicles inspected during the month of August and to learn proper brake system care and vehicle maintenance," Jeff Cox, the Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association (AMRA) president, said. MAP is the educational/consumer outreach program of the AMRA.
On a related subject, Americans are delaying vehicle maintenance to the tune of $24.9 billion, according to the Auto Care Association's (ACA) Auto Care Factbook 2020 and IMR Inc.
A survey of more than 100,000 American households (driving more than 170,000 vehicles) showed they know that repairs or maintenance need to be performed on their vehicles, but have chosen to delay the work, the ACA said.
Repairs that consumers are delaying the most are brake pad replacements, tire changes and oil changes. That translates to more than 5 million delayed brake jobs, nearly 7 million unchanged tires and 11 million cars in need of an oil change, according to the ACA.
"We surveyed 100,000 households about how they've maintained their vehicles and whether they've knowingly delayed any maintenance on those vehicles," IMR CEO Bill Thompson said.
"We found that a surprising amount of households are knowingly delaying vehicle maintenance and that the primary reasons are economic, convenience and a perception that delaying the maintenance isn't quite effecting vehicle performance. Ultimately, servicing your vehicle at the recommended service intervals can keep money in your pocket by avoiding more unintentional wear, a catastrophic failure or worse case, an accident."