Is Your Vehicle Safe Enough for the Road?

Is Your Vehicle Safe Enough for the Road?

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Do you ever stop and wonder when you get behind the wheel if your vehicle or another one you may be driving is fully operational? More importantly, is the vehicle safe enough to drive?

Numbers show that approximately one in half-a-dozen vehicles on the road (some 37 million) is dealing with an unfixed safety recall matter, leading to potential road hazards at a number of turns. Making matters worse, many states have failed to fully enforce getting these unsafe vehicles off their roads.

Whether you drive a newer vehicle or one that has many miles to its history, there are a number of precautions you can take to lessen the chances your next ride will lead to a minor collision or much worse.

Among them:

  • Regular safety checks – As important as the old 3,000-mile checkup is, don’t overlook safety checks. Making sure you have properly working brakes, tires, lights, seatbelts and more should never be taken for granted. It is easy in today’s hustle and bustle world to pass over these things, but they are some of the most important investments in your life when you stop and think about it;
  • Don’t sacrifice safety – No one will argue with you that car repairs are oftentimes expensive. A brake job can easily hit $300, while four new tires can be in the hundreds too. That said trying to save some money here and there at the expense of your safety is not worth it. Riding on squeaky brakes or balding tires is a recipe for disaster. If you have to, check on payment plans with a local auto shop in order to get the work done when necessary;
  • Safety after a collision – If you get through a lifetime of driving without being involved in a fender bender or more serious collision, consider yourself lucky. Most drivers will encounter one or more collisions in their lives, but they don’t have to be fatal ones. One thing you should always do after any collision (even the minor ones), is have your vehicle checked to make sure it is safe to drive. Whether you choose an option such as Fix Auto or any number of other such businesses, make sure your vehicle is in proper working condition. Oftentimes, damage may be done to the vehicle that the naked eye can’t spot, especially underneath like the carriage etc. If you’re driving around a vehicle that has been in a collision, it could have compromised steering capabilities for starters;
  • Simple things – Ever stop and wonder how many times you have made a turn without your turn signal on? A simple thing such as this can end up being the difference between having and not having a collision. As mentioned earlier, make sure all your signals, lights etc. are in working order. Along with lessening the chances you will be in a collision, having properly working signals and lights will help you avoid a visit from law enforcement who may be watching you and your driving habits when you least expect it.

There is no 100 percent guarantee you will never be in a collision, but making sure the vehicle you ride in is as safe as possible will certainly improve your odds of driving collision-free.

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About the Author: Dave Thomas writes for a variety of websites on topics such as finance and vehicle safety.

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