Hankook survey finds drivers neglecting car maintenance
As COVID-19 cases decline in many areas and the national immunization effort gains momentum, twice as many Americans drive regularly since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest Hankook Tire Gauge Index .
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While 66% of Americans now drive at least a few times a week, down from just 31% in April 2020, the survey found that most drivers did not take care of their vehicles. With milder temperatures on the horizon, proper vehicle maintenance ensures a smooth ride as more drivers get back on the road.
According to the survey, 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 filled their vehicle with fluid and two in three had not cleaned their vehicle, inside or outside.
Additionally, only 32% of Americans surveyed took their vehicles out for scheduled trips, which is useful for keeping fluids flowing, the battery charged, and to help spot any mechanical issues that may require professional attention. Overall, 22% of Americans admitted that they had not done any maintenance on their vehicle in the past 30 days.
The Hankook Tire Gauge Index is a survey of American attitudes and opinions about driving. The latest survey, conducted February 22-24, 2021, interviewed 2,732 randomly selected Americans aged 18 and over who have a valid US driver’s license.