FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IS NATIONAL CAR CARE MONTH
YOUR CAR AND THE AIR A GIFT WITH 686-SMOG
– Truckee Meadows residents still have an opportunity to celebrate National
Car Care Month with proper car maintenance and by calling 686-SMOG to report
vehicles emitting visible exhaust.
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) provides driving and maintenance tips to help
keep your car in good condition, which can save money and improve the air in the
out for clean air and report smoking vehicles by calling 686-SMOG:
Callers should be prepared to provide the license plate number of the
smoking vehicle, the approximate time the vehicle was spotted and the
location of the vehicle. All
information is confidential
the smoke signals: Blue smoke
could be an indication of engine problems; Gray
or Black smoke could result
from a clogged air filter or a blocked manifold; and White smoke could be a leaky head gasket.
your car for winter: Auto
experts recommend switching to lighter weight oil and checking anti-freeze
fluid levels to prepare your vehicle for the colder months ahead.
overfill or top off your gas tank: This
prevents spilled gas vapors from entering the air.
clean fuels when available: use
reformulated gasoline, oxygenated gasoline and alternative fuels.
driving by planning your day efficiently:
Combine trips to reduce driving time.
your car well tuned: Follow regular maintenance guidelines provided in the
money: Have your emissions control system checked regularly to prevent
costly repairs in the future.
smoothly: Avoid lengthy idling and drive at a constant speed.
smart: Take advantage of environmentally sensitive cars including electric
vehicles, gas-electric cars, dual fuel and bi-fuel vehicles.
smoking vehicle program started in 1996, resulting in more than 32,000 calls
over the last five years to the DMV. The
program has helped to get more than 5,000 smoking vehicles cleaned up resulting
in cleaner air for the region.
more information on the smoking vehicle program call 1-877-DMV-STAT
(1-877-368-7828) or access http://www.dmvnv.com/emission.htm.