Many Car Owners Are Ignoring Tire Maintenance, Says Hankook
Twice as many Americans are driving regularly compared to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest Hankook Tire Gauge Index. But when it comes to tire maintenance, more vigilance is needed.
"While 66% of Americans are now driving at least a few times per week, compared with just 31% in April 2020, the Gauge Index found that most of us have not been looking after our vehicles," say Hankook officials.
"With more mild temperatures on the horizon, proper vehicle maintenance ensures a smooth ride as more drivers get back on the road."
According to the Hankook Tire Gauge Index, "70% of drivers across the U.S. had not checked their tire pressure in the 30 days prior, despite the industry recommendation to do so at least once a month. In addition, 73% had not topped off their vehicle fluids and two-in-three had not cleaned their vehicle, inside or out.
"Further, only one-in-three Americans (32%) surveyed have taken their vehicles out for regular drives, which is useful to keep fluids circulated, the battery charged and to help spot any mechanical issues that may need professional attention. Overall, one-in-five Americans (22%) admitted that they had done no maintenance on their vehicle in the prior 30 days."
"As many of us are getting back behind the wheel more regularly, we need our vehicles to run smoothly and safely so we can focus on the road ahead," says Daniel Brown, senior technical services specialist, Hankook Tire America Corp.
"That's why Hankook encourages drivers to add routine maintenance to their spring-cleaning rituals. A well-running vehicle will help many of us recapture a sense of freedom and adventure."