When it comes down to it the most important thing for your car is that it’s safe. It’s great if it looks good, if it’s efficient and if it’s comfortable, but all of this is secondary to safety. Making sure to keep checking your car then and to ensure that it doesn’t have any problems creeping up is highly important to ensure that you are as safe as possible on the road – here we will look at a few things that you need to check on a regular basis to ensure that your car is safe.
Brakes: Your brakes are made up of various part – a brake disc and a brake shoe on either side of it making up the main mechanism. Brake shoes over time though can start to wear away from all the friction as can your brake lining, so it’s very important that you pay close attention to worrying noises coming from your brakes, lack of responsiveness or lopsided braking and see an automotive brake manufacturer if you have any of these issues.
Windshields: If you have chips or scratches on your windshield then these can be a source of distraction or obstruction when you’re driving. Even the tiniest scratch here which you might not think would cause a problem can be enough to make your response time slower or to cause you to double take and this can lead to a serious accident – so make sure you check your windshields and always maintain optimum visibility. Likewise you should always make sure that your wiper fluid is full.
Shocks: Your suspension you probably think is more a comfort feature than an important safety feature, but actually it’s both as a lack of suspension can cause damage to your car and make you more likely to suffer a burst tire or other problems. Make sure that your suspension feels good and keep watch for any vibrations in your steering wheel or chair that might indicate a problem.
Air Bags: If you’ve bought your car second hand then just because it should have an airbag, doesn’t mean it necessarily will. Ask your car dealer then or your mechanic and make sure this is in place.
Seatbelts: It’s no good wearing a seatbelt if they aren’t working properly – so make sure that the inertia wheel is working well and that your belts lock when you move suddenly so that they prevent you jerking forward in your seat.