Ensuring Your Car is Safe to DriveAugust 15, 2018
What if there were a few simple things you could do to ensure your car was safe to drive? The good news is that there are easy ways to make sure that you are making safety a priority while driving. Regular inspections of your vehicle are important prior to taking long trips, as well as for your daily commute.
The following car items should be inspected on a regular basis:
- Brakes and brake fluid level
- Motor oil levels
- Transmission oil level
- Power steering fluid
- Turning signals
- Vehicle lights
- Seatbelts and car seats
Checking for leaks of car fluids underneath your car is a necessary part of any routine inspection. If there is evidence of a leak under your car, such as a puddle of liquid or even just a wet spot, determine the cause of the leaking fluid as soon as possible. Some leaks, such as air conditioner water, are normal and may not affect the safe operation of the vehicle. Other leaks of fluids, including motor oil, transmission fluid, or brake fluid, can indicate a serious problem that must be addressed right away. Gas stations and auto repair shops can assist you if you are unable to determine the exact cause of a leak.
Certain vehicle fluids should be replaced at regular intervals. If your car has power steering, the fluid must be replaced every 18 to 24 months to avoid contamination that makes your steering wheel less responsive. Other types of fluid, including brake fluid, should be topped and flushed after driving a certain number of miles, usually 36,000 miles or more.
Certain car parts also require special attention. Brake failure resulting from either manufacturing defects or poor maintenance has caused fatal motor vehicle accidents. Approximately 300,000 motor vehicle accidents per year are attributed to brake failures.
The periodic inspection of tires is crucial for ensuring that your vehicle is safe to drive. Constant contact with roadways can cause tires to deteriorate quickly and without warning. When examining tires, drivers should look for signs of damage, including uneven wear, punctures, and embedded objects, such as nails. Most tires need to be rotated every 5,000 miles and replaced every 50,000 miles, even if no damage is noted.
Safe operation of a vehicle includes the proper use of turning signals and safety lights. These car features, when used properly, can prevent accidents daily. Headlights, taillights, and brake lights should be examined for cracks, broken pieces, and to ensure they are not too dirty for visibility. Headlights should be properly aligned and shine at the proper intensity.
By taking these simple steps to ensure that your car safe to drive, you reduce your likelihood of being in a serious motor vehicle accident. Becoming a proactive driver is one of the smartest ways to avoid becoming a car accident victim and suffering severe physical injuries, including broken bones, loss of limbs, concussions, traumatic brain injury, internal bleeding, and even fatality.
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