Thursday, 18 March 2021 09:35

Survey: Auto Maintenance Neglected Despite Increase in Regular Driving


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As COVID-19 cases decline in many areas and the national vaccination effort gains momentum, twice as many Americans are driving regularly compared to the beginning of the pandemic, according to the latest Hankook Tire Gauge Index.

While 66% of Americans are now driving at least a few times per week, compared with just 31% in April 2020, the Gauge Index found that most of us have not been looking after our vehicles. With more mild temperatures on the horizon, proper vehicle maintenance ensures a smooth ride as more drivers get back on the road.


According to the Gauge, 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. In addition, 73% had not topped off their vehicle fluids, and two in three had not cleaned their vehicle, inside or out.


Further, only one in three Americans (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 they had done no maintenance on their vehicle in the prior 30 days.


"As many of us are getting back behind the wheel more regularly, we need our vehicles to run smoothly and safely so we can focus on the road ahead," said Daniel Brown, senior technical services specialist, Hankook Tire America Corp. "That's why Hankook Tire encourages drivers to add routine maintenance to their spring-cleaning rituals. A well-running vehicle will help many of us recapture a sense of freedom and adventure."


With the prospect of better days on the road ahead, Hankook offers some helpful tips, both on the driveway and on the road, for safe and reliable driving:


Check the tires: Because tire pressure can change significantly as the outside temperature fluctuates, it's important to check the tire pressure at least once a month to ensure it meets your vehicle's recommended PSI. Low tire pressure can lead to poor performance, premature and irregular wear, and higher rolling resistance which can impact fuel efficiency.


And a simple penny test can check the tread. Poor tread depth can also impact...

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