Credit: Car Care Council.
If you havenít been maintaining your vehicle by the book during the pandemic, youíre not alone. A recent Hankook Tire survey found that a lot of people arenít, even as more and more people venture out as Covid cases decline. The survey, conducted in February, found that 66% of Americans are now driving at least a few times a week - compared to just 31% in April of 2020.
The Hankook Tire Gauge Index found that:
- 70% of drivers across the U.S. had not checked their tire pressure in the 30 days prior, despite the industry recommendation to do so at least once a month.
- 73% had not topped off their vehicle fluids, and two-in-three had not cleaned their vehicle, inside or out.
- Just 32% surveyed have taken their vehicles out for regular drives, which is useful to keep fluids circulated, the battery charged, and to help spot any mechanical issues that may need professional attention.
- Overall, one-in-five Americans (22%) admitted that they had done no maintenance on their vehicle in the prior 30 days.
66% of Americans are now driving at least a few times a week - compared to just 31% in April of 2020. - Hancock Tire
Car Care Month
This brings us to April Car Care Month - a time of year designed to highlight the importance of giving your car some TLC. You can take your vehicle to a dealer or trusted repair shop. But if youíre still hesitant to do so during the pandemic, you donít have to.
The Car Care Council says you can do it simply in your driveway.
ďA driveway vehicle check only takes about 10 minutes. These simple steps will help keep you on the road so you can run important errands and arrive safely to your destinations,Ē said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.
- Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering and brake and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
- Check the hoses and belts that can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.
- Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
- Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and inspect and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation. Keep the reservoir filled with solvent.
About the Study
The latest Hankook Tire Gauge survey was conducted February 22-24, 2021 and polled 2,732 randomly selected Americans age 18+ who have a valid U.S. driverís license.