April, 2014: Car Care Month

WHEREAS, past studies have shown neglected maintenance leads to more than 5,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries and more than $2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses and property damage; and,

WHEREAS, neglected tire maintenance is responsible for nine percent of crashes; 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 US Environmental Protection Agency, light duty vehicles are responsible for approximately 55 percent of US transportation 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 state reduce accidents and accompanying injuries and fatalities; and,

WHEREAS, proper maintenance will reduce fuel usage by cars and therefore save car owners money and reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases; and,

WHEREAS, proper maintenance of the state’s vehicle fleet will reduce long-term operating costs and the need to purchase new vehicles:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan do hereby proclaim April 2014, as Car Care Month in Michigan.