Does Vehicle Maintenance Affect Road Safety?
Keeping Your Vehicle In Good Shape Could Keep Your Family Safe
Vehicle maintenance is crucial to keeping you, your family, and the people around safe on Florida’s roads. In combination with defensive driving, ensuring that your vehicle is well-maintained can prevent breakdowns and other system failures that may lead to a serious car accident. While you may have incorporated a regular vehicle maintenance into your 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 and lead to injury-causing accidents.
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Brake Failure Can Cause Accidents
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. Brakes are obviously a very important vehicle system, since they stop your car before a collision occurs. Therefore, another driver’s negligence when it comes to maintaining their brakes can be a serious issue.
Here are the common warning signs of brake trouble that should be serviced immediately to prevent a car accident on Florida roads and help to keep your family safe:
- Brake warning lights on the dashboard
- Grinding or squeaking noises
- Burning smell
- Shaking or vibrating of the steering wheel
- Leaking brake fluid
- Low brake pedal resistance
- Vehicle pulling to one side
Tire Maintenance is Important to Preventing Car Accidents
Failing to maintain your tires can cause a serious tire blowout which can result in the loss of vehicle control and cause a serious car accident. Tires are, quite obviously, a very important part of keeping your vehicle safely on the road and helping it to perform as it should.
Here are the top tire problems that should be taken care of before it’s too late:
- Over-inflated tires
- Under-inflated tires
- Vehicle cargo overload
- Punctured or damaged tires
- Worn down or bald tires
- Valve stem damage
Malfunctioning Vehicle Lights Can Cause Car Collisions
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 many different types of 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
- Test turn signal lights and other indication lights
Vehicle Breakdowns on the Road are Dangerous
You’ve probably been a witness to a vehicle breakdown or been broken down on the side of the road yourself 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, or following proper safety regulations when you yourself are broken down on the side road, could prevent a severe car accident.
Here are some safety tips to help prevent another vehicle’s breakdown from become even more dangerous:
- 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
- Move over to a far lane when passing a broken down vehicle.
If your vehicle is broken down on the side of the road, follow these tips to stay safe:
- Slow down and use your blinker to start moving to the road shoulder
- Always get as far out of the way as possible
- Use hazards lights, road flares, and safety triangles to alert other drivers
- Never work on your vehicle on the side of the road if it is not safe, call a tow truck
- Contact emergency services is necessary
If Another Driver’s Lack of Vehicle Maintenance Caused an Accident, Contact Viles & Beckman
If you’ve sustained an injury in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence and sustained injuries and other damages, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Viles & Beckman, LLC at (239) 334-3933 or use our online contact form today to learn more about how we can help protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve for your damages and injuries.