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Washington Waters  Ours to Protect

Car maintenance Car Maintenance - Guidance

Our waters are at risk every day due to oil and gas drips, leaks and spills that land on parking lots, driveways and roads.

Tools to use

Need a poster about the importance of good car maintenance? How about a flier or fact sheet? Download these and customize them to include your contact information. Print them back-to-back or separately.

Ideas for you

Posters and fact sheets alone can’t get the job done alone. Here are some more tips on how to promote watershed protection. Use messages that fit your audience. Highlight benefits and minimize barriers — offer products and services, promote messages in places people go and develop partnerships.

Some related messages

  • Save money because of fewer repairs and better gas mileage.
  • Prevent toxic chemicals from getting into our waters.
  • Support a healthy watershed.
  • Reduce your exhaust emissions and reduce your carbon footprint.

Ways to get your message out

On products or services:

  • Signs, brochures.
  • Fueling bib.

In places people go

  • Vehicle repair shops.
  • Emission inspection repair places.
  • Emission check station.
  • Car shows.

Through media or message carriers

  • TV, radio, newspapers.
  • Air Quality program outreach avenues.

With partners

  • Local clean air agencies.
  • Automobile Association of America.
  • Emission check.
  • Pacific Northwest Air outreach group.
  • Washington State Department of Transportation.

Motivating change

Use tools and methods that help people participate. These should help answer the question, “What’s in it for me?”

  • Share success stories – brochure, website, CD.
  • Start a blog for other participants to share their success stories.
  • Give participants some sort of recognition when they own a “Clean Car.”

More resources

Protect Your Car & the Environment

Car Care = Clean Air


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"Fix Oil Leaks" Washington Water's public service announcement



Links to all the posters and factsheets for all three regional campaigns



Puget Sound Starts Here: car washing television ad