Princeton, NJ (PRWEB) April 14, 2010
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), neglected vehicle maintenance results in some 100,000 disabling injuries each year. Additionally, 12.6 percent of vehicle crashes can be attributed to mechanical defects or worn out equipment. April is National Car Care Month. To help prevent unnecessary damage, injury and lost resulting from neglecting vehicle maintenance, CURE Auto Insurance offers the following tips to help keep drivers safe on the road.
1. Schedule an inspection. A spring checkup can uncover winter damage. The National Car Care Council reports that during the past five years, more than 75 percent of vehicles brought through inspection check lanes during National Car Care Month were found in need of repair or maintenance. Make sure to keep up with proper vehicle maintenance as dictated in your vehicle's service manual.
2. Do your research. Many auto-repair shops and auto parts stores throughout the country recognize National Car Care Month with special discounts on parts and service, handing out free Car Care Guides and hosting vehicle checkup events. Take advantage of these deals and stop by your local auto-repair shop to find out their current specials.
3. Check tire pressure. The cold winter season can be harsh on your tires. Low tire pressure promotes weaker gas mileage. To fill tires, all you need is a digital tire gauge and your owner's manual to find out where to look on your vehicle to locate the recommended measurement.
4. Clean the underbody. In addition to getting the build-up of salt and snow off the exterior of your vehicle, be sure to spray the underbody and underneath the rear and front bumpers to rinse away any build-up, which can lead to erosion and rusting. Use a high-pressure sprayer or garden hose for best results.
5. Check and change your vehicle's fluids. Low fluid levels can not only damage your vehicle's internal parts, but also affect how safe it drives. This includes engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, washer fluid, coolant and power steering fluid. These can be bought at local stores or simply refilled at your local gas station.
For more driving and car care tips, please visit http://www.CURE.com or call 800-535-CURE.
Citizens United Reciprocal Exchange, (CURE) is a not-for-profit reciprocal exchange headquartered in Princeton, N.J. Founded in 1990 by New Jersey Insurance Commissioner James J. Sheeran and award-winning insurance expert, Dr. Lena Chang as an answer to the insurance crisis in New Jersey, CURE continues to lead the way as the not-for-profit solution for responsible drivers and the "cure" for the continuously evolving auto insurance problems. CURE is currently available in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. More information can be found at http://www.CURE.com or by calling 800-535-CURE.
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