Car maintenance neglected despite the increase in regular driving
As COVID-19 cases decline in many regions 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.
While 66% of Americans now drive at least a few times a week, down from just 31% in April 2020, the Gauge Index found that most of us don’t mind our 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 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 filled their vehicle with fluid and two in three had not cleaned their vehicle, inside or out.
Additionally, only one in three Americans (32%) surveyed took their vehicle out for regular trips, which is useful for keeping fluids flowing, the battery charged, and to help spot any mechanical issues that may require caring attention. ‘a professional. Overall, one in five Americans (22%) admitted not having performed any maintenance on their vehicle in the past 30 days.
“As many of us get behind the wheel more regularly, we need our vehicles to run smoothly and safely so that we can focus on the road ahead,” said Daniel Brun, 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 vehicle in good working order will help many of us regain a sense of freedom and adventure. “
With the prospect of better days 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 change dramatically with fluctuations in the outside temperature, it is important to check the tire pressure at least once a month to ensure that it meets the recommended PSI of your vehicle. 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. A shallow tread depth can also have an impact …