Car accidents are one of the leading causes of deaths on a global basis. While driver error accounts for a large percentage of fatal accidents, in many cases accidents occur due to faulty maintenance and bad condition of at least one of the vehicles involved in the accident. As the saying goes, “A stitch in time saves nine” and following the tips given below will not only help minimize your chances of being in an accident but can also have a significant impact on the amount you spent on auto repairs.
Keep an Eye on Tire Tread Depth
Make periodic checks on your tire tread depth to ensure that your tires are not worn out. When you drive on tough terrain, the traction your tires have is an important factor. Having tires that are bald will mean that you need more time to slow down to avert a collision. It can also increase your chances of having a blowout.
Keep Tabs on Tire Pressure
Having tires that are either much below or above the recommended tire pressure increases the risk of accidents. If the pressure is low, it can cause a blowout and damage to the tire. On the other hand, if it is too high, less of the tire touches the ground, decreasing tire grip and ride comfort.
Watch out for any abnormal tire wear patterns. This could mean that the wheels need to be aligned.
Check on the condition of Your Lights
The condition of the lights of the car is very important, especially if you do a lot of night time driving. Do you remember the last time you had your brake lights, headlights and rear lights checked. In view of the element of safety they add to your drive, they do deserve a lot more attention than you currently give them.
Check Your Fluids
Top up your fluids regularly to ensure that the engines, the brakes, the windshield wipers are all in optimal condition. Oil is the lifeline of an engine and the level of brake fluid can affect their functioning.
Repair and Replace Brakepads as Needed
Your brakes play a key role in helping you to stop when needed. Hence, ensure that they will always work smoothly by driving carefully and monitoring the wear on your brakepads at regular intervals. If damage to the brakepads is not repaired, it can affect the rotors and lead to heavy repair bills and accidents.
Manju Mathew, an MBA in marketing, completed publisher training courses from the Oxford Brookes University and New York University. She started with marketing and PR roles before moving on to her current position as a full time writer. Currently living in Dubai, her life as an expat has sharpened her observation skills and flair for writing. She enjoys writing about luxury cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc even if she can only dream of owning them.
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