Car Care Month

4/1/2014

WHEREAS, each year neglected car maintenance leads to 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries and more than $2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses, and property damage; and

WHEREAS, more than 75 percent of the vehicles on the road today are in need of some type of preventative maintenance; and

WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, light duty trucks, and medium duty passenger vehicles are responsible for almost 60 percent of all U.S. transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions; and

WHEREAS, through proper maintenance, a ten-year-old vehicle can produce fewer emissions than a poorly maintained five year-old vehicle; and

WHEREAS, disabled vehicles are a major cause of highway congestion that is avoidable with proper maintenance of critical vehicle systems; and

WHEREAS, proper maintenance of key safety systems such as brakes, air bags, and lights will help the Commonwealth reduce accidents and accompanying injuries and fatalities; and

WHEREAS, proper maintenance will reduce fuel usage by cars, saving car owners money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and

WHEREAS, proper maintenance of the Commonwealth’s vehicle fleet will reduce long-term operating costs;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 2014 as CAR CARE MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I urge all citizens with vehicles to “Be Car Care Aware,” and inspect and perform all maintenance necessary to ensure their vehicle is operating in a safe, efficient and clean manner.

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