While getting into car accidents are avoidable in most cases, there are a few tips that can help you keep staying on the right side of the road.
Back in the late ‘90s, there was an estimate of 9,500 dying in car accidents because they neglected the simple rule of using seat belts. As more and more people began to hit the road, it became essential to provide tips and pointers to help road users remain safe.
As long as you follow the tips below, you would be doing your bit to keep accidents to a minimum:
Check Your Tires Regularly
Carrying out frequent checks on your tires, especially during the winter season, would go a long in reducing the risks of getting into an accident. Due to the strain that comes with rain, ice, and snow, tires are usually the first line of defense when it comes to avoiding accidents.
Therefore, it would come in handy if you often check your tires for uneven wear or other issues that may require rotation, adjustment, or complete replacement.
Ensure Your Lights Are in Good Working Order
Headlights, taillights, and turn signals are just as important as your tires when trying to avoid accidents. Before you start driving, ensure you do a “walk-around” of your vehicle to observe if there are any burnt-out bulbs, malfunctioning brake lights, and uneven headlights.
Service Your All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
If you drive a vehicle that has an all-wheel-drive (AWD), you must regularly maintain it, so it continues to work as it should.
Avoid dirty or low oil and transmission fluid by checking them at least once a month. Additionally, you should follow the suggested oil and transmission fluid change schedule that can be found in your car’s service manual.
It is essential to note that oil, transmission, power steering, and brake fluids are the lifeblood of your vehicle, and thus, a conscious effort should be made to ensure that everything is topnotch.
Check Your Brakes
Just like your tires and lights mentioned above, your brakes are vital to staying safe on the road. This fact becomes especially true in wet, snowy, or icy weather. Thus, it is necessary to check on them as fluid leaks, and other problems could lead to a brake failure and a possibly deadly accident.
Keep an Eye on Speed Limits
When you are out on the highway, always ensure that you keep an eye on the suggested speed limits as exceeding the limit usually increases the likelihood of crashing into another vehicle, person, animal, or object on the road.
Use Your Seat Belts
Seat belts were designed to keep the occupants of a car safe, and airbags cannot replace them. In fact, an airbag works with the seat belt to provide increased protection. If you neglect using your seat belt, the airbag loses its usefulness and can even be hazardous.
Don’t be too tired to drive
Other helpful tips to make use of include:
- Avoid trying to read or compose text messages while driving.
- Do not drink before you go behind the wheels. If you are under the influence, order a ride, or get a friend to drive you home.
- Arrange for seasonal maintenance by a skilled mechanic.
- Obey all traffic laws and avoid driving while drowsy.
- While these suggestions can help you remain safe on the road, they can only be effective if and when you put them into practice.
Above all the tips I will conclude by saying ..drive as if every other car on the road is being driven by one of your family member and it will hurt to see them hurt.