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Looking for ways to become more environmentally friendly with your car? Motorists can help protect the environment by following four simple steps from the non-profit Car Care Council.
- Follow a vehicle service schedule including steps like checking engine performance, keeping tires properly inflated, replacing air filters regularly, changing oil regularly and checking your gas cap. Routine maintenance helps reduce emissions and fuel consumption, saving money at the pump.
- Keep your current vehicle longer and limit the number of new cars you buy over the course of a lifetime. Extending vehicle life is as simple as taking care of your vehicle properly. You’ll gain years of reliable service without monthly car payments and higher insurance rates.
- Recycle or properly dispose motor oil, tires, batteries, fluids and other vehicle components to help protect the planet when performing vehicle maintenance or repairs.
- Repower your engine when faced with serious engine trouble. A remanufactured/rebuilt engine can give your vehicle new life and make it more fuel efficient for about the cost of an average down payment on a new car.
“Being car care aware and performing basic vehicle maintenance go a long way toward protecting the environment and improving fuel economy,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “The Car Care Council’s free customized service schedule and email reminder service makes it easy to stay on schedule and keep your car running efficiently.”
To help motorists “go green,” the Car Care Council’s newly redesigned Car Care Guide features fuel economy and environmental awareness tips to help motorists “go green.” Available in English and Spanish, the 80-page Car Care Guide uses easy-to-understand language rather than technical automotive jargon, fits easily in a glove box and can be ordered free-of-charge at www.carcare.org/car-care-guide.
To learn more about how auto care can protect the environment, visit the Car Care Council website at http://www.carcare.org/go-green/.
The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For more information, visit www.carcare.org.
Source: Car Care
Why is National Car Care Month important? This car infographic displays what free car care inspections around the country found in 2014.
Do you know how healthy your car is?
Top problem areas included dirty or low engine oil, dirty or restricted air filters and low or leaking coolant. Many safety components, such as lights, wipers and tire tread were found inadequate in over 1 in 10 cars. A quick visual inspection can help determine if these safety components need attention on your vehicle.
- 52% of drivers service their vehicle seasonally and of those that service their vehicle seasonally, 51% get their vehicle serviced in Spring. Source: Google Consumer Surveys, March 2015
- 68% of drivers do research online to gather information on service centers prior to taking their vehicle in for service Source: 2015 Google-Critical Mix Service Path to Purchase Study
- How-to searches for auto care increased 20% since 2014. Source: Internal Google Data
- Hot to change oil was a top auto care how-to search on YouTube in 2014. Source: Internal Google Data
Source: Car Care