The number of vehicle check-up events held during National Car Care Month in April doubled in 2014, according to the Car Care Council. The council attributes the overall increase in National Car Care Month interest in part to the recent harsh winter weather and the need to address postponed service and repairs.

The council’s website featured more than 1,000 vehicle check-up events held nationwide by repair shops and auto parts stores, as well as vocational schools and other auto care industry organizations. The free inspections held during these events provide an opportunity for technicians to talk one-on-one with motorists in a fun, non-threatening environment.

An analysis of vehicle inspection forms, submitted by volunteers who conducted car care events last year, found that eight out of 10 vehicles needed service or parts. The top problem areas were engine oil and fluids, air filters, brakes, battery cables, belts, and hoses.