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#Oursharedstory: Driveway Car Care Lessons

Babcox Media employees kicked off National Car Care Month, giving their kids some hands-on education on vehicle maintenance.

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Amy Antenora has served as editor of aftermarketNews since 2002 and has worked in the field of journalism for two decades. A graduate of Kent State University, Amy also earned her AAP designation from Northwood University's University of the Aftermarket in 2009.

April is National Car Care Month, and while we may be house-bound these days due to shelter-in-place orders, we can still venture out to our driveways and show some love to the family ride.

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Babcox Media employees heeded the call and stepped out into the sunshine yesterday to kick off National Car Care Month and give their kids some hands-on education on vehicle maintenance.

“A driveway vehicle check only takes about 10 minutes. These simple steps will help keep you on the road so you can run important errands and arrive safely to your destinations,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “If you find your vehicle needs service, automotive repair is considered essential, so call your trusted local repair shop. Many shops have remained open in stay-at-home areas and most have instituted polices to ensure limited personal contact, allowing you to drop off and pick up your vehicle quickly and safely.”

The non-profit Car Care Council suggests inspecting the following items as part of a simple driveway vehicle inspection:

  • Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering and brake and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant. 
  • Check the hoses and belts that can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system. 
  • Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. 
  • Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and inspect and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation. Keep the reservoir filled with solvent.

The Car Care Council’s 80-page Car Care Guide can be ordered free-of-charge by visiting www.carcare.org/car-care-guide.

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Check out the photos below for your step-by-step guide to a driveway vehicle inspection. Send photos from your driveway car care moments this month – email AMN Editor Amy Antenora [email protected]. To share on social media use the hashtag #oursharedstory.

Babcox Editor Doug Kaufman opened the archives for this photo of he and his son Ryan working on the “Blue Dragon.” 😉
First…always check your vehicle’s Users Manual…
Proud Papa Babcox Executive Director of Content Scott Shriber works with 22-year-old daughter Sarah to change out the cabin air filter on his Dodge Charger.
Sarah Shriber pulls the old filter out.
New filter goes in – fresh air inside, perfect during spring allergy season.


Sophia, 17-year-old daughter of Babcox Director of Art & Design Nicole Anderson, checks the tire pressure on mom’s car.
12-year-old Brady Anderson, brother of Sophia, tops off the fluids.
Logan, son of Babcox Ad Services Coordinator Christine Perry, checks the oil level for his mom. Logan turns 10 next week. Happy Birthday Logan!
Checking the oil…
Olivia (17), daughter of AMN/Counterman Publisher Frank Bird, learns how to safely fill up the family car.
Don’t forget to buckle up! One-year-old Isla is ready for a road trip with her dad Babcox Video Editor Wesley Hollendonner.

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