Road Trip Prep Music & Car Care Month


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Credit: Car Care Council
When it comes to music, who puts you in the mood for a road trip? If itís either Bruce Springsteen or Keith Urban you are not alone.

According to a nationwide survey of more than 25,000 vehicle owners conducted on behalf of the non-profit Car Care Council, Springsteen and Urban were the preferred choice to listen to when getting ready to hit the road.

The survey results coincide with National Car Care Month.

"With April being National Car Care Month, we thought it would be a fun idea to find out which musicians car owners like to listen to when getting ready for a road trip," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "It was no surprise that Bruce Springsteen, the guy who wrote 'Cadillac Ranch' and 'Pink Cadillac,' would be the top choice. However, as with cars, people like a wide variety of music, as evidenced by Keith Urban finishing second and Bruno Mars third in our survey."

The survey, conducted by IMR Inc., an automotive market research company, polled more than 25,000 consumers ages 18-65 throughout the country. They were asked to choose which recording artist they would want to listen to while preparing their vehicle for a road trip.

The final results were as follows:

  • Bruce Springsteen: 24%
  • Keith Urban: 16.4%
  • Bruno Mars: 16.1%
  • Jimmy Buffett: 15.7%
  • Lady Gaga: 11.5%
  • Taylor Swift: 8.6%
  • Beyonce: 7.7%

"A simple driveway inspection of your vehicle while listening to your favorite music can help prevent the inconvenience of a roadside breakdown or in the words of another Springsteen song, 'A Wreck on the Highway,'" said White. "In just 10 minutes, drivers can make sure their car is ready for travel and then take steps to have any problems fixed before heading out on the road."

Road Trip Car Prep

Before beginning a trip, the Car Care Council recommends that vehicle owners:

  • 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 and 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.

Itís also a good idea to restock your carís emergency kit.

Save Money On Fuel

If you want to save money on fuel during your road trip, you might also consider a tune-up. It will help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy. To further save on fuel costs during the trip, the Car Care Council suggests that motorists avoid aggressive driving, observe the speed limit and avoid excessive idling. Gas caps that are damaged, loose or missing should be replaced to prevent gas from spilling or evaporating.
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