Hankook Tire survey finds negligence in car maintenance despite increase in regular driving
According to the gauge, 70% of drivers in the United States had not checked their tire pressure in the previous 30 days, despite the industry’s recommendation to do so at least once a month. In addition, 73% had not refueled their vehicle and two out of three had not cleaned their vehicle, neither inside nor outside.
Additionally, only one in three (32%) Americans surveyed took their vehicle out for regular trips, which is useful for maintaining fluid flow, battery charge, and to help spot mechanical issues that may require service. professional care. Overall, one in five Americans (22%) admitted to not performing any maintenance on their vehicle in the previous 30 days.
“As many of us get 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 BrownSenior Technical Services Specialist, Hankook Tire America Corp. “That’s why Hankook Tire encourages drivers to add routine maintenance to their spring cleaning rituals. A roadworthy vehicle will help many of us regain a sense of freedom and adventure.”
Tips for vehicle maintenance in March
With better days ahead on the road, Hankook offers some helpful tips, both on the driveway and on the road, for safe and reliable driving:
- Check the tires: Since tire pressure can vary widely with fluctuations in outside temperature, it’s important to check tire pressure at least once a month to make sure it matches your vehicle’s recommended PSI. Low tire pressure can lead to poor performance, premature and uneven wear and higher rolling resistance, which can impact fuel efficiency. And a simple penny test can check the tread. Low tread depth can also impact vehicle handling and lead to hydroplaning, flats or blowouts. If the tires show signs of damage, excessive wear or aging, it is important to have your tires checked by a reputable service center to ensure their safety and best performance.
- Spring cleaning: Take advantage of milder temperatures to thoroughly clean your vehicle, inside and out. A clean car does more than shine: In colder climates, it’s important to wash away harmful chemicals like road salt that can corrode critical components under your vehicle and dull the vehicle’s paint coat if left untreated. not cleaned. Interior cleaning can also keep debris out. in certain components such as seat adjustment mechanisms, floor vents and window switches, which can reduce functionality if not kept clean.
- Under the hood: Check that all of your vehicle’s fluids are at the correct levels, such as oil, washer fluid, and coolant, and that all of your lights are in good working order. If you are unsure about checking or adding fluid, or changing lights, your local store can usually administer these services at little cost.
- Weekly returns: Take your vehicle out for a weekly drive to keep the battery charged, fluid flowing, and tires from blowing out on the driveway. This is also a good opportunity to spot any mechanical issues that might need additional professional attention.
- Prepare for potholes: After a long winter of constant snow, ice and rain, the spring thaw on the roads can create major potholes. Good driving technique can help prevent damage when you encounter potholes: keep enough distance between you and the car in front of you so you can spot potholes easily. If hitting a pothole is unavoidable, don’t swerve, but safely reduce your speed, tackle it head-on, and drive slowly over the pothole. It is always advisable to check your tires after any measurable impact on a pothole, as this could damage the tire structure and require replacement.
The Hankook Tire Gauge Index is a survey of Americans’ attitudes and opinions about driving. The latest survey, conducted February 22-24, 2021surveyed 2,732 randomly selected Americans aged 18 and older with valid US driver’s licenses.
The latest Hankook Tire Gauge Index data is available at TechAndTread.com.
About Hankook Tire America Corp.
Hankook Tire America Corp. is a growing leader in the U.S. tire market, leveraging investments in technology, manufacturing and marketing to provide reliable, high-quality products that are safer for consumers and the environment. Based at Nashville, TNHankook America markets and distributes a complete line of high and ultra high performance passenger tires, light truck and SUV tires, as well as medium truck and bus tires in United States. Hankook Tire America is a subsidiary of Hankook & Company Co., Ltd., a Forbes Global 2000 company headquartered in Seoul, Korea.
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