Tired of hearing that excruciating squeaking noise every time you come to a stop sign or red light? Brake Safety Awareness Month aims to be the answer to your problem.
Next week will mark the beginning of Brake Safety Awareness Month, which will be sponsored by the Motorist Assurance Program. This will be the sixth consecutive year that MAP has sponsored the event and the first time it has sponsored it for the full month of August.
More than 9,200 Motor Assurance Program Participating Facilities are expected to offer inspections, educate vehicle owners about their undercar systems, provide complimentary automotive troubleshooting pamphlets and answer questions from consumers who have inquiries about preventive maintenance.
Consumers will be able to locate participating facilities by a "Motorist Assurance Program" decal that will be visible at all repair shops that are in conjunction with the event.
Every year Brake Safety Awareness Month has increased participation by consumers, according to MAP. The event sparked repairs on more than 50 percent of the vehicles inspected in 2010 and numbers are only expected to increase this year.
The 2012 edition of the awareness month will give motorists more of a chance to interact with automotive services companies and become more knowledgeable of the dangers that being on the road may present. POS materials, which include a poster that can be displayed at participating facilities, and an information sheet called "Brake Time," which aims to educate consumers on the benefits of a brake inspection, will also be offered.
According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, at least one accident happens every minute of the day, which sometimes are caused by brake malfunctions, making it a necessity for consumers to have their vehicles checked for safety.
Based on research that was previously conducted, an estimated 1.2 million car accidents occur yearly that lead to deaths worldwide. Statistics also show that 50 million people are injured worldwide because of car accidents annually. In the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2009, which was compiled by the World Health Organization, more than 90 percent of the world's road accidents happen in low and middle income countries, comprising for 48 percent of the world's registered vehicles.