Gov. Norm Bangerter has declared October National Car Care Month for Utah, joining "in an effort to combat the rising incidence of car neglect among our nation's motorists," a spokesman said.

Goals of the monthlong observance are to improve fuel efficiency, highway safety and air quality with better maintained automobiles, a spokesman for Automobile Club of Utah said.Studies by the American Automobile Association show many vehicles are not ready for the coming winter, he said.