The Importance of Regular Car Maintenance

There are many different factors that can lead to a motor vehicle accident. Inclement weather, distracted drivers, and alcohol and/or drugs are some of the major contributors to car crashes. However, another risk factor that many people don’t talk about is the condition of the vehicle(s) involved. On occasion, a malfunction or other mechanical issue is to blame for the accident, and this may complicate a personal injury lawsuit.

In your efforts to keep yourself, and your family, safe on the roads, don’t neglect the maintenance of your own vehicle. Driving a worn-out car with malfunctioning parts may put you at risk for an accident! It’s understandable that mechanic’s fees are often steep, but when you think about it from the perspective of preventing car crashes, those dollars can be some of the best you’ll ever spend. Plus, there are lots of easy DIY maintenance things that you can do at home, for a minimal investment.

If you want to give yourself the best chance at being in control of your vehicle on the roads, and ensuring that mechanical failure is not to be blamed for any accidents that occur, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Check these things at home on a routine basis:

  • Windshield wiper blades
  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Seat belts (both the latch and the belt itself)
  • Turn signals
  • Head and tail lights
  • Brake lights

Have a mechanic inspect and repair/replace these when needed:

  • Brake pads
  • Tires
  • A/C unit
  • Heating unit
  • Defrosters
  • Transmission
  • Radiator
  • Other vital engine components

Taking good care of your car is crucial to your safety on the road. Don’t let something like weak brakes or poor windshield visibility put you at risk for a potentially life-threatening accident. Beyond the purely mechanical aspects of driving, there are a few more things you can do to stay safe. Do these things before you drive:

  • Thoroughly scrape and clean your car if it’s snowy or icy. Don’t start driving down the block with obscured windows, or mounds of heavy snow on your roof.
  • Contain or secure any objects inside of your car. These can become dangerous projectiles in an accident. Secure purses, bags/luggage, electronics, and your pets too!
  • Make sure you are not under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, and you feel comfortable behind the wheel. Put your phone away, and keep your attention on the road.

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