VEHICLE SAFETY TIPS
BEFORE YOU GET BEHIND THE WHEEL – TIPS THAT WILL ENHANCE THE SAFETY OF YOUR VEHICLE
According to the U.S. Census, we spend about 900 hours – or 37 days – in our cars each year. Reducing the chance you’ll have a collision during that time will give you peace of mind and help keep your insurance premiums low. These common-sense safety tips can help avoid dangerous situations and keep you, your passengers and your car safe. BRAKES ARE CRITICAL TO SAFETY.Many accidents are avoided thanks to properly working brakes. Well-maintained brakes are important to the handling of your car. Listen for changes in how your car sounds and feels when you apply the brakes. Even if they seem to be working fine, have your brakes inspected at least once a year by a qualified technician who can check the pads, the mechanical parts and the hydraulic system. When it’s time for new brakes, be wary of the promise of a low price. Ask what’s included up front as the in-store price can be vastly different than the one advertised.
And make sure the low price isn’t a reflection of lesser quality. Aftermarket brakes are currently not held to any standard for quality. But those from an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) must pass rigorous government standards.
POOR TIRE CONDITION LEADS TO ACCIDENTS
Tires are one of the most overlooked parts on a vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 70% of accidents involving a single vehicle are caused by tire issues. The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) notes that only one out of 10 drivers checks tire pressure correctly. Driving your car on underinflated tires increases the likelihood of a crash by three times, according to the NHTSA study. In addition, your chances of being in an accident increase as the tread depth on your tires decreases. The best way to extend the life of your tires is proper inflation, rotation and alignment. Some newer models use a sensor to alert you about low tire pressure. Refer to your owner’s manual for instructions on inflating your tires. Most manufacturers recommend rotating tires every 5,000 to 10,000 miles; alignment is recommended every 10,000 miles or once a year.
BURNED-OUT BULBS ARE DANGEROUS
Your vehicle has a variety of lights and warning indicators designed to keep you, your passengers and other drivers safe. It might seem obvious, but it’s dangerous if your headlights or high beams burn out, and a burned out turn signal could cause another driver to crash into you. When running lights, taillights and brake lights aren’t working, it’s not as obvious so check often. Compared to other car maintenance, changing light bulbs on and inside your vehicle can be an easy and inexpensive task. If you want to try changing bulbs yourself, most dealers or auto supplier stores will walk you through the process. Or, have a repair shop swap out bulbs if you want the job done by a professional.
DISTRACTIONS TRANSLATE INTO ACCIDENTS
For parents of teenager drivers, safety is always top-of-mind. Each year, 282,000 teens are treated for injuries from car accidents, and sadly, every day eight teens die. Often these accidents are the result of distracted driving. But it’s not just the kids that take their eyes off the road. In 2011, 3,331 people of all ages were killed in crashes involving a driver who was distracted. Nearly 90% of adults engage in at least one form of technological distraction while transporting a child between the ages of one and 12. Astonishingly, higher educated and higher income drivers are most likely to be distracted. The best defense is to stop using cell phones while driving to ensure you arrive safely at your destination.
CHOOSE A SAFE MAKE AND MODEL
Whether you’re buying a new car for yourself or maybe a used car for your son or daughter, a little homework will help you determine how safe the vehicle is you are considering. Every year, the NHTSA conducts crash tests on new vehicles and reports their performance on its Safercar.gov website. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a private nonprofit organization funded by automobile insurance companies and insurance associations, which conducts its own testing and issues its own ratings. NHTSA and IIHS conduct different tests, and neither organization tests all cars on the market but they do test the volume sellers. Online resources like Kelly Blue Book also provide safety information on vehicles. You can get an added layer of protection with newer models that feature technology-based accident avoidance systems such as brake assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision avoidance, blind-spot warning, lane departure warning and backup cameras.
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