The best safety measure you can take is to drive safely. Of course, everyone knows that, but it still bears repeating. From making sure your seatbelt is fastened to avoiding distractions like cell phone use and eating while driving, if nothing else, this tip should be at the center of any discussion about road safety.
Yet many people don’t follow these basic rules of the road, so car safety must also focus on keeping your vehicle in good condition. Many new cars come with safety features such as airbags and anti-lock brakes.
Still, even older vehicles without these features may be able to protect their occupants through proper maintenance of tires and other essential components.
Keeping a vehicle in good condition is very important, which includes having it regularly serviced by a mechanic and driving safely. In addition, regular checkups with mechanics will help to identify problems before they become serious issues.
When having your car checked by a mechanic, they will inspect the entire vehicle from bumper to bumper for any part that might be malfunctioning or causing damage. The list of things inspected during a standard checkup is long.
Vehicle Maintenance Checklist
Generally, it includes tires, paint protection, fluids, brakes, lights, steering components, suspension parts and systems, engine air filter, and anything else needed to keep you safe on the road.
1. Check The Vehicle Fluids
There are many different types of automobile fluids in a modern vehicle.
Antifreeze keeps the engine coolant from freezing in colder weather.
Battery fluid is for a battery that powers the starter and keeps the electrical system going. Finally, differential oil lubricates gears in a vehicle’s rear end, which sends power from your engine to your wheels.
2. Inspect Your Tires
Windshield washer fluid helps clean dirt, bugs, and debris from windows so you can see clearly when driving. In most cars, it is recommended to have all fluids changed at least once per year or every 20,000 miles (32,000 km).
Tires are an important part of maintaining a vehicle. It requires regular inspections to help determine if they need air pressure checked or replaced with new tires. If a tire goes flat, then call a tow truck immediately as this indicates something more serious may require repair.
In addition, vehicles should have their tires rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles (9,600 to 13,200 km) for even tire wear. Having your wheels aligned can also help a vehicle stay in good running condition and provide a smoother ride.
3. Check The Lights
The next parts of the car that should be regularly inspected include brake systems, which require replacement if worn or damaged from things such as lack of use or exposure to chemicals or water.
It is always best to have headlights checked whenever your oil is changed since this makes it easy when it’s dark out and much easier for other drivers to see you.
Finally, many lights on modern vehicles should be routinely checked, including turn signals, brake lights, headlights, reverse lights, and license plate lights.
4. Engine Belts and Filters
Your vehicle’s engine air filter helps clean the air that enters the car. Having this replaced once it becomes dirty or clogged with dirt and debris will help protect your engine, so it continues to run smoothly and efficiently.
While you have your engine checked, also ask the mechanic to inspect hoses. These should be replaced if cracked, brittle, or loose. The same thing goes for belts, which need to be replaced if worn or frayed.