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Does Vehicle Maintenance Affect Road Safety?

Vehicle maintenance is crucial to safety on the road. In combination with defensive driving, ensuring that your vehicle is well-maintained can prevent breakdowns and other system failures. While you may have incorporated a regular vehicle maintenance schedule, you can’t be so sure everyone else on the road does the same. Here’s how a lack of vehicle maintenance can put road safety in jeopardy.

Brake Maintenance

Lack of proper brake maintenance can cause them to fail — and that can put you and other drivers in a serious or even fatal car accident. Here are the common warning signs of brake trouble that should be serviced immediately:

  • Brake warning lights on the dashboard
  • Grinding or squeaking noises
  • Burning smell
  • Shaking or vibrating of the steering wheel
  • Leaking brake fluid
  • Low brake resistance
  • Vehicle pulling to one side

Tire Maintenance

Failing to maintain your tires can cause a blowout — and blowouts can result in the loss of vehicle control. Here are the top tire problems that should be taken care of before it’s too late.

  • Air pressure too high or too low
  • Vehicle cargo overload
  • Punctured tires
  • Worn down or bald tires
  • Valve stem damage

Malfunctioning Headlights

Whether driving at night or in inclement weather, headlights are a road safety essential. Failing to maintain headlights properly can exponentially increase the chance of a car accident. Here’s how to ensure your headlights are always in working order:

  • Clean headlights regularly
  • Check for outages - even if one bulb is out, the pair should be replaced together
  • Test high-beams are in working order

Vehicle Breakdowns on the Road

You’ve probably been witness to a vehicle breakdown on more than one occasion. While you may have safely driven by in the past, it’s important to understand that proceeding with caution when someone is having car trouble could prevent a severe car accident. Here are some safety tips:

  • Never tailgate a slow-moving vehicle — especially if car trouble is evident
  • Take notice of any road flares, safety cones or other reflective distress indicators
  • Drive slowly past vehicles parked on the side of the road

If you’ve sustained an injury in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Viles & Beckman, LLC at (239) 208-5223 today to learn more about how we can help protect your rights.