Making sure that your car remains safe by utilizing year-round maintenance is the best way to prevent yourself from getting into a car accident. Hot summers in states such as Georgia can often cause minor damage and issues in all types of vehicles, but many people become forgetful throughout the colder months and neglect to maintain their cars. Car accident lawyers often spread messages that encourage car owners to keep track of their vehicle’s maintenance year-round to prevent any issues that may occur that unfortunately often result in accidents or injuries. Simple upkeep on your vehicle can help you become a safer driver and also help reduce the risk of a preventable accident. By following these simple tips and methods, you can keep your car in pristine shape in order to avoid an accident on the roads of Georgia.
Damaged Windshield Wipers
Windshield wipers are important for vehicle safety, but they often go overlooked by car owners. These wipers are often made of rubber composite, and in hotter climates, the rubber becomes dried out. This means that the wiper can become cracked, bent, or even chipped due to the extreme temperatures. When you attempt to use the dried wipers on a rainy day, it may smudge across the windshield, creating an impossibly difficult situation to see through while you’re on the road. This decreased visibility can be dangerous on the road, so you should not wait until it’s too late during a severe thunderstorm to check your wiper blades.
Lights on your vehicle are not only important for your safety and visibility on the road, but proper and adequate lighting is also required by state laws. Unfortunately, it can often go undetected when a light goes out or has an issue. This is because when you drive from the inside, everything may seem to be in working order. In order to correct the issues, it’s important to conduct weekly tests on your lights from the outside of your vehicle. Check your headlights, taillights, and signals first. Then, ask a friend to help you test the brake lights, which cannot be checked by yourself.
Damaged Tail and Signal Lighting
More often than not, you do not have to see physical damage in order for a light to be malfunctioning. Many times, the lightbulb has simply burnt out. Areas such as Georgia that undergo extreme temperatures can cause vehicle lighting to burn out more quickly than expected. If your vehicle has the technology implemented that makes the lights automatic, you may also go through some issues with faulty lights or complete burnouts. If your tail lights are malfunctioning or dimmer than they should be, it can be hard for other drivers to guess whether you are slowing down, making a turn, or stopping the car. These conditions can quickly cause an accident, so it’s important to check and maintain these lights. This overview can help you through the steps necessary to perform a light check on your car.
Pay attention to your headlights when you are driving. If you notice that your light reach has slowly decreased over time, it can be a sign that the bulbs need to be replaced. Be conscious of the fact that if your lights make it difficult to see areas on the road, it may be challenging for other cars to see you as well. If your bulbs seem to be lit up at different levels of brightness, it can cause problems for oncoming traffic. These conditions may cause a glare that can become dangerous and cause a preventable accident. Maintaining your headlights is an important part of owning a vehicle, and it’s important to check them often for road safety.
Naturally, the tires on your vehicle will start balding due to normal driving conditions and extended use. When the tires on your vehicle inevitably begin to bald, it means that your traction is no longer functioning at 100%. However, once the tread on the tires wears down enough, you can suddenly find yourself in danger due to the loss of traction. Tires that have started balding can cause issues on the roadway, such as extended stopping times and the risk of hydroplaning on days when precipitation is prevalent. To keep your tires functioning properly, it’s important to test the pressure regularly and make sure that they are inflated to the recommended level for your vehicle.
It’s an undisputed fact that tires are one of the most important components of a vehicle. If you find that your tires are beaten up and tattered or even just under or over-inflated, you may have a greater chance of getting into an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association warns that under-inflated tires can be deadly and has reported that 738 traffic fatalities have occurred in 2017 because of tire-related accidents. Keep your tires in the best shape possible for greater safety with these tips:
- Keep your tires properly inflated
- Inspect the vehicle alignment
- Rotate tires regularly
- Know how old your tires are
- Investigate the tread on the tires often
Follow Vehicle Warming Processes
Cars are comprised of elements that often need to be warm in order to function properly. These elements are often water-based, and allowing them to warm up before you rush off to work in the morning is part of regular vehicle maintenance. In order to follow proper warming procedures, leave your car idle for around one minute before you begin driving. However, make sure to avoid leaving your car unattended during this process. This method of idling becomes even more important when temperatures in the area reach 32 degrees or below. Car owners should also avoid turning the heat or air conditioning on immediately, as the engine needs to be warm before you overwork it to generate these processes. If you fail to warm up a vehicle using the proper method, you may cause your engine to fail. Those who own older vehicles may be especially at risk for engine failure. If your engine fails while driving, it can be a dangerous situation for not only you but those around you.
Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to slam on your brakes in order to avoid an accident? When the car in front of you stops quickly, when you get cut off by another driver, or when you are riding down a slope, brakes can save your life. There is no denying that functioning brakes on a car keep us safe, so it’s important to take care of them and do routine checks to ensure their quality. Make sure that your car is equipped with proper brake fluid regularly. Brake pads and hoses need to be replaced from time to time, so it’s important to keep an eye on these as well. When you begin to notice pedals feeling like mush, squealing, vibrating, or extended stopping times, it’s time to head to a mechanic for an inspection. Brakes that act in these unusual manners often need to be replaced in order to prevent accidents.
Proper Fluid Levels
Although some fluids seem more pressing than others, it’s important to keep track of all of the fluid levels in your vehicle. Motor oil is extremely important for maintaining the health of your engine. Running low on motor oil can cause engines to break down. Brake fluid allows the brakes on your car to stop when you need them to. Power steering fluid can be essential as well, and running out while you’re driving can be a dangerous situation for not only yourself but other drivers on the road, as your ability to turn the car can become compromised. Many drivers overlook coolant and windshield wiper fluid, but these need to be maintained as well. Running low on coolant can cause your car to overheat, and windshield wiper fluid ensures that you will have visibility of the road on days with bad weather conditions.
Getting your car an oil change regularly is one of the best things you can do for the health of your vehicle. In order for the engine to perform properly, oil is essential. Not only does it give fuel to the engine, but it can also help reduce the overall wear on the vehicle over time. Oil in a vehicle should be changed out every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Some people also like to see a mechanic for an oil change every three months instead. Whichever one of these conditions comes first, the oil needs to be changed and maintained in order to keep your car running properly. Each week, you can check the oil levels yourself at home. To do this, find the oil dipstick in the hood of your car. Then slowly pull it out and wipe it down with a rag before dipping it in again. Once you pull it out a second time, your oil level should be as close to the “full” marker on the stick as possible. If it is low, you may pour in more oil designated for your type of vehicle or go see a mechanic for assistance.
We’ve all heard about how much blown transmissions can cost. To save yourself thousands of dollars, you can regularly inspect your transmission fluids. In order to do this at home, start your car and place it in park. The process is similar to that of checking the oil levels. Dip, wipe, dip again, and examine the stick in order to make sure that the fluids are functioning properly and at the correct level. Your transmission fluids should be slightly tinted pink. If you notice an abnormal level or color, it needs to be replaced.
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- Consumer Reports. “Tips on How to Maintain Your New Car”, Consumer Reports, https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/tips-on-how-to-maintain-your-new-car/. Accessed August 21, 2019.
- Dan Collins. “20 Essential Car Maintenance Tips”, Car Bibles, https://www.carbibles.com/car-maintenance-tips/. Accessed August 21, 2019.