Upcoming ‘Don’t Drip and Drive’ Auto Care Workshops Include Spanish-Language Sessions

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Motorists throughout western Washington can find an affordable fix for leaks and drips to keep pollutants out of Puget Sound, thanks to the “Don’t Drip and Drive” program.

Participating repair shops across Washington are conducting a free visual leak inspection (a diagnostic service valued at up to $80). If there is a leak, drivers receive a coupon for 10 percent off service (up to $50) to fix the problem.

Free workshops focused on leak repairs and vehicle maintenance are being held at schools from Lakewood to Marysville.

Classes for Spanish-speaking car owners and taught by bilingual certified automotive instructors are being hosted through May by Renton Technical College, where you can have your car inspected for leaks by an instructor. Find a class, workshop near you, or vehicle tips in Spanish at fixcarleaks.org/esp.

“Drivers can find out if their car has a leak, get a discount on fixing it, and have peace of mind about the safety and reliability of their car,” said Mary Rabourn, King County Don’t Drip and Drive partner. “Fixing the problem helps drivers keep their cars running in top condition, and helps keeps pollutants from fouling our local waterways and Puget Sound.”

Every year, more than 7 million quarts of motor oil drips out of vehicles onto streets and parking lots and makes its way to lakes, rivers, streams and Puget Sound. Most of this toxic pollution comes from small drips from cars and trucks. Studies show that 67 percent of drivers who find a leak will fix it within three months.

Can’t make this workshop? Find others throughout western Washington at fixcarleaks.org.

To safely dispose of oil, take used oil or hazardous waste to a household hazardous waste disposal location. Find locations near you at hazwastehelp.org.

The Washington State Department of Ecology is funding the Don’t Drip and Drive program, and has more ways to recycle oil at Recycle Database, or call 1-800-RECYCLE to find out more about where you can take used oil for recycling.

This article originally appeared on kingcounty.gov

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