As a part of Fall Car Care Month starting October 1, Firestone Complete Auto Care is providing a car care infographic and tips for consumers to keep their vehicles running better and safer for the upcoming seasonal driving.

Firestone made a list of suggestions for car owners to have their car inspected by a local body shop before hitting the road for the fall driving season. They suggest having the following inspections: Battery cables and terminals, anti-freeze levels, oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, automatic transmission fluid and windshield washer fluid, all belts and hoses, air filters, condition of windshield wipers, lights and turn signals

"This fall, as changing weather affects driving conditions, proper car care becomes even more important for safe driving," said Matt Hoskins, president, Bridgestone Retail Operations. "The statistics are startling – although three out of four drivers wash their cars every month, only one in seven correctly checks tire pressure."

The Car Care Council recently released a wide range of statistics on car owners' behavior with car care showing that 38 percent of cars have low or dirty engine oil, 28 percent have inadequate cooling protection and 19 percent are in need of new belts.

The council is also holding the largest-ever consumer vehicle check-up event on October 7 at the 49th Annual Northwood University International Auto Show this October in Midland, Michigan. Students from Northwood's Automotive Aftermarket Management program are helping plan the event along with the Car Care Council. They will be given the opportunity to work with aftermarket companies and will also be aiding in educational demonstrations for preventative maintenance.

"This unprecedented vehicle check-up event will be a huge footprint for the aftermarket, and for the first time, add an element of vehicle service and repair to the auto show's 500-plus new vehicle displays," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "We are pleased to be participating in the popular Northwood University International Auto Show to represent the automotive aftermarket, work with their students and have the opportunity to promote proper car care to their nearly 50,000 anticipated attendees."

The event will provide vehicle awareness for consumers, providing free vehicle inspections to attendees, from on-site technicians. Various inspections will be offered including checking oil and coolant levels, filters, hoses, belts, brakes and lighting. The Car Care Council also recently announced that Bell Tire will be offering free window chip repairs at the event.