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The role of vehicle maintenance in accident prevention

On Behalf of | Apr 24, 2024 | Auto Collisions |

Driving safely involves more than just obeying traffic laws and being attentive on the road. One important aspect that often gets overlooked is vehicle maintenance.

Regular maintenance plays a significant role in preventing accidents and keeping everyone on the road safe.

Regular inspections keep vehicles safe

Keeping your vehicle in good condition starts with regular inspections. Check the brakes, tires, lights and fluids on a routine basis to catch potential issues before they become serious problems. Worn-out brake pads or low tire treads can significantly increase stopping distances, making car accidents more likely.

Proper tire maintenance is key

The U.S. experienced 19,515 accident deaths in 2023. Some of these incidents were the result of poor car maintenance, including deficient tires. Tires are the only part of the vehicle that makes direct contact with the road. Ensuring they remain properly inflated and have adequate tread depth is important for safe driving. Underinflated tires can lead to blowouts, while worn-out tires can reduce traction, especially in wet or slippery conditions, increasing the risk of skidding or losing control.

Routine fluid checks prevent malfunctions

You should regularly check and change your vehicle fluids, such as oil, coolant and brake fluid. Without adequate levels of these fluids, important components can overheat or fail. For example, low brake fluid can cause brake failure, while overheated engines can stall or catch fire.

Timely repairs address potential hazards

Ignoring minor issues with your vehicle can quickly escalate into major safety hazards. Never ignore squeaky brakes, flickering lights or strange engine noises.

Investing time and resources into preventive maintenance protects your vehicle and ensures that your vehicle is in optimal condition. This reduces the likelihood of unexpected malfunctions that could lead to accidents, injuries or fatalities.