Shoreline and Lake Forest Park motorists can take advantage of free inspections and discounted service in April to identify and fix leaks as part of Puget Sound Starts Here’s “Don’t Drip and Drive” program.
Every year, hundreds of tons of oil and other petroleum-related products make their way to lakes, rivers, streams and the Puget Sound. Most of this toxic pollution comes from small drips from cars and trucks.
The “Don’t Drip and Drive” campaign was designed to build awareness and educate people throughout the Puget Sound region that it is important to check for vehicle leaks regularly to keep their car on the road and protect local waters. Studies show that 67 percent of drivers who find a leak will fix it.
“Vehicle leaks can cause problems for drivers and the environment,” said Harold Smelt, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities surface water manager. “Fixing the problem can help drivers keep their cars on the road, while keeping pollutants such as oil from traveling into our local waterways and Puget Sound.”
Mechanics across Western Washington are participating in the program. During the month of April, drivers can take their vehicle to a participating mechanic for a free and easy visual inspection (a diagnostic service valued at up to $80). The free inspection is especially recommended for vehicles that are 2005 models or earlier.
If there is a problem, the driver will receive a coupon for 10 percent off service to fix the problem, a total savings of up to $130. The coupon will expire at the end of June. All participating mechanics are members of the Automotive Service Association (ASA) to ensure they meet ASA’s standards of quality.
Participating Shoreline and Lake Forst Park ASA mechanics:Suburb Service - Lake Forest 15017 Bothell Way NE Lake Forest Park WA (206) 364-8089 Smart Service - Shoreline/Seattle 20309-B Ballinger Way NE Shoreline WA (206) 417-0880
For a complete list of participating locations and more information, visit www.fixcarleaks.org.
For more information about the program and other regional efforts to clean-up stormwater runoff before it reaches local waters and Puget Sound, visit the Puget Sound Starts Here website.
Information courtesy of Pierce County.