Urging state residents to male sure their vehicles are operating in a safe, efficient and clean manner, Gov. John Kitzhaber has declared April as Car Care Month in Oregon.

The declaration was cheered by the Car Care Council, a national nonprofit organization promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. It is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign

“We want to thank Gov. Kitzhaber for officially declaring April as Car Care Month in Oregon,” says Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Car Care Month provides a unique opportunity for the auto care industry and government to educate car owners on the importance of proper vehicle care. Motor vehicle safety continues to be a major focus for state legislatures and regulatory agencies across the country, so we commend Gov. Kitzhaber for making this important proclamation.”

According to the council, Spring is the perfect time for motorists to make sure their vehicles are running reliably after a rough winter and before the summer driving season begins. Many independent repair shops and community organizations throughout the country will conduct car care events during April. These events have revealed that three out of four vehicles inspected are in need of some type of maintenance or repair.

The council offers many free tools on its website to help consumers drive smart, save money and be more environmentally friendly, including the popular 60-page Car Care Guide and a custom service schedule and e-mail reminder service.

“By following a service schedule and performing preventative vehicle maintenance, motorists can ensure that their vehicles are safe and dependable. Plus, auto care can help save money in many ways, including reducing fuel consumption and extending vehicle life,” continued White. “We encourage all car owners in the great state of Oregon to get their vehicles inspected this April.”

For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide or for more information, visit

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