Too often, drivers are left stranded and frustrated on the side of the road with a dead battery, flat tire , or busted belt. Disabled vehicles create a dangerous situation for everyone on the road, especially those left standing on the shoulder. Fortunately, these types of situations can be avoided by getting your car checked regularly and taking care of any damaged or worn parts before they disable your vehicle. Regular, routine maintenance and repairs can help prevent you from being stuck on the side of the road.
There are several basic vehicle maintenance measures you should take to make sure your vehicle is operating at its best. Take your car to a trusted auto maintenance professional to get everything thoroughly checked out.
- Get the engine checked. Your engine is the heart of your vehicle; without it, you have nothing but a heap of metal on 4 wheels. Regardless of whether or not your "Check Engine" light is on, make sure you have someone take a look at it, at the very least, to ensure it is working properly.
- Check your transmission. Whether you have an automatic or manual transmission, it is important to make sure all moving parts and pieces are working properly, and your vehicle is able to shift gears, park, and reverse without any issues. A faulty transmission could create a very dangerous situation for you and your passengers.
- Replace your brakes when necessary. Every so often, your brakes should be repaired or replaced to make sure you are able to safely slow down and stop your vehicle while driving. Low brake fluid levels and soft brake pedals can make it difficult to control your car if you are driving too fast or have to stop suddenly. Brake checks are a very important part of regular car maintenance and can reduce the risk of accidents caused by brake malfunction.
- Make sure your tires are in good condition. Before you get on the road, you should always check your tires for low air pressure, punctures, and wear and tear. Proper tire pressure can boost your fuel economy and make for a safer, smoother ride. Depending on the life of your tires, you should replace worn tires every 35,000-55,000 miles to prevent blow-outs and flats.
It is important to take care of any safety concerns - no matter how small - as soon as you recognize them. Small issues can turn into big, expensive issues if not quickly addressed. To minimize repair costs and maximize the safety of your vehicle, it is important to have your car inspected regularly by an experienced auto mechanic. For more information on vehicle safety, contact the knowledgeable legal team at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers. If you've been injured in an accident involving a disabled or malfunctioning vehicle , call us today for a free case review. We're available 24/7 in Charleston, Greenville, Columbia, or anywhere in the state of South Carolina to help you.