Cars can be incredibly dangerous machines. Not only are they lethal weapons in the wrong hands, they can also develop faults that will not only injure you but possibly cause a fatal accident if you’re unprepared. Is your car an accident waiting to happen without you even knowing it? Here are a couple of things to look out for.
Your tyres are what come in contact with the road when you drive your car, so it makes sense to keep them in close to perfect condition at all times. You should be learning about tyre pressure levels and their ramifications if you want to stay safe.
If you neglect tyre maintenance, then you might end up with lower fuel efficiency, less control over your vehicle, and your tyre could even burst while you’re driving, causing you to swerve out of control and possibly cause a car pile up if you’re on a busy road. Don’t take tyre pressure lightly, make sure you’re monitoring it on a regular basis and that it’s not bloated or lacking pressure.
Be it your phone, the kids in the back or just a stressful day, distractions can turn your peaceful journey into an extremely troublesome car ride. One of the most common distractions, your phone, can easily be dealt with by simply switching it to silent mode or by purchasing a phone stand and a handsfree kit. It’s illegal to drive while using your phone but far too many people do it regardless because they’re either stuck in traffic or think they’re capable of multitasking.
The only multitasking you should be doing while driving is putting your hands on the wheel and your feet on the pedals. When driving, make sure to remove as many distractions as possible and you’ll find that not only is it less stressful to drive with less on your mind, but it’s easier to stay alert for any possible dangers ahead of you.
Of all the bad driving habits we have, a lack of maintenance is perhaps the most dangerous one. Most vehicle breakdowns happen due to battery failures, and when there’s a breakdown there’s a possibility of a crash. Testing your battery is the most obvious way to remedy the problem. Replacements are fairly inexpensive and they can usually be installed by your local garage. However, there are several ways to check if your battery is failing.
First, if your battery casing looks a little more bloated than usual, then it could be a sign of excessive heat which is decreasing the battery life. If there is leakage or corrosion, then it’s important to stop immediately and remove all the residue and look into replacing it. Finally, if you’ve had your car for a long time, then it’s possible that, beyond the five year mark, your battery could be slowly failing. Make sure you inspect your battery on a regular basis so that you can detect early signs of battery failure and replace it before it stops you in the middle of the road.