All of us want to avoid accidents, especially on the road, where even a split second mistake could possibly be fatal or cause major injuries. There are several ways that you can do in order to prevent self-imposed accidents as much as possible. Here are five ways to make your car safer and limit the chances of auto accidents.
Check your tires
Tires are very essential to not only preventing accidents, but ensuring you maximize the fuel economy of your engine. Tires with low pressure make the engine work harder to attain the speed that you wish, thereby burning more gas. Also, tires with low pressure could mean something has punctured your tire, such as a nail, sharp stone, and others. Better to check and address any tire issues as soon as possible.
Aside from that, bad tires (like those with little to no tread left) are dangerous especially on slippery roads or during snow. The tires cannot properly grip the road, resulting in loss of control of the vehicle and a potential accident. The “penny test” is very helpful – simply put a penny pointing downwards in the lowest part of the tread. If Abe Lincoln’s head is covered, then tread depth is ok, otherwise, it would be advisable to replace your tires.
Check your brakes
How many accidents have been caused by faulty brakes? That’s right, too many to count. You can avoid it by constantly checking your brakes every time you go out on the road. Are they noisy? Does the brake pedal feel lower than before? Is the brake fluid lower than the minimum? When was the last time you had the brake pads replaced? These are the questions that you should answer. If you answered yes to any of the first three questions, then it may be time to have a mechanic take a look and see if your brakes are still in tip-top shape.
Check fluid levels
Aside from brake fluid levels, make sure other fluid levels are in their correct levels. Common example of these are your coolant level in the radiator, engine oil level, automatic transmission fluid (ATF), and clutch fluid (for manual transmission cars). A low coolant level could mean overheating; low engine oil could mean poor performance, low ATF could mean difficulty shifting gears, and low clutch fluid could cause the clutch pedal to stick. Any of these could translate into accidents.
Don’t use mobile phone when driving
Needless to say, text messaging while driving at over 50 miles per hour is very dangerous, especially if the driver looks away from the road. That split second could potentially cause a car crash, or hit and injure a pedestrian. According to statistics, there are 1.6 million crashes per year as a result of mobile phone use during driving. Never text and drive to be safe, or if you need to answer a phone call while driving, use a hands-free device.
Don’t drink and drive
Statistics say that 40% of all auto-related deaths involve alcohol. Alcohol impairs the vision, alertness, and reduces reaction time, especially for motor skills that must always be quick during driving. Despite all the warnings, infomercials, and statistics present, people still drink and drive. To avoid these types of accidents and a visit from the DUI attorney, don’t drink and then drive after. If you cannot avoid drinking, leave your car somewhere safe and take a taxi or an Uber to drive you home. Better to spend a little bit of money than to spend time behind bars or cause a death/injuries to yourself or someone.