To further familiarize motorists with their vehicles, the guide has clear, concise descriptions of 12 major vehicle systems and parts. Examples include steering and suspension, fuel and air intake, belts and hoses, and more. A Car Care Checklist is included to remind busy families which vehicle systems need to be maintained and when service or repair should be performed.
The Council notes that motorists who fail to pay attention to the basics such as driving with under-inflated tires, a dirty air filter, or a gas cap that's damaged, loose or missing waste millions of gallons of gasoline every year.
Even the way we behave behind the wheel impacts mileage. Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent on city streets, and sitting with the engine idling while waiting for friends or family gets zero miles per gallon.
The Car Care Council is the source of information for the "Be Car Care Aware" consumer-education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For more information, visit www.carcare.org.