While most accidents can be attributed to driver error, many are also caused at least in part by equipment failure due to faulty maintenance. A car that isn’t maintained adequately can be an accident waiting to happen. Here are some areas that require diligent and regular attention.
Tyres must always be inflated to the proper levels. Either over-inflation or under-inflation can cause instability and poor handling on the road. If your tyres are under-inflated, it can cause poor handling, hydroplaning or poor braking. If they are over-inflated, it can cause a rollover or blowout at high speed, in addition to affecting braking or handling. Make sure to check both the tread and air pressure on a monthly basis at the very least.
Most people don’t have the facilities at home to inspect their own brakes, so it should be done by professionals at a licensed facility. However, you should always be aware of the early warning signs of brake trouble. These may include: vibration or sponginess in the brake pedal and scraping, grinding or squealing noises when pressing the brake pedal.
Faulty brakes can make you unable to stop, leading to rear end collisions or your car entering an intersection through a stop sign or red light.
Steering is another part of your car that you probably can’t fix or inspect at home. However, there are some telltale signs that you need to take your car into the shop. If your steering wheel feels loose, vibrates or is difficult to turn, you should take it into the shop. If the car “pulls” to one side or the other, or screeches when turning the wheel, it is also an indication that your steering components may need work.
If your steering malfunctions, it can lead to you running off the road into danger or even lead to a head-on collision. Don’t let steering problems linger.
Indicators and Lights
Non-functional indicators and lights are not only dangerous, but give police a great reason to pull you over, even if you are doing nothing wrong. Keep all lights in working order.