By Kathy Jenkins
If you are a motorist, your vehicle needs to be as safe as possible for the passengers in your car and fellow drivers on the road. Servicing your car regularly is important to enable you to catch any safety concerns before they become a big problem. Nevertheless, it’s not necassary to just count on those times when your car is being serviced for safety checks to be made and you will need to carry out your own regular inspections. It’s especially important to check out your car prior to long trips or during winter when you need to be prepared for icy and snow packed roads. Following we’ll go through a few easy checks you can carry out on your car to ensure your safety while driving.
Your car’s windshield enables you to see the roads and so you need it to be extremely clear. It is vital to examine your windshield for any minor nicks because it is easier to get rid of them when they’re small before they turn into full-fledged cracks that can be dangerous while you’re driving. At any rate, make certain you keep both the interior and exterior of your windshield clean and don’t forget to keep any eye on your wiper blades. If the wiper blade must be replaced, it can make it hard to see properly during bad weather and can be distracting at any time. Any time you clean your windscreen be certain that you’re using a cleaner that is meant for glass as you want a clear finish rather than any smearing.
Checking your tires visually is a straightforward process and, once you learn how to do it right, you can catch small problems before they turn into major ones. Tires may become thin with wear so it will be important to take a close look at the tire completely, particularly the inner portion that is hidden from view. Exploring more closely may reveal that a sharp object such as a nail may have made its way into the tire and, therefore, you will need to take it to a tire shop to see if they can repair it or replace it. While you are examining your regular tires, remember to make sure that your spare tire is properly inflated and ready to use whenever the occasion arises. Additionally it is quite simple to check the pressure in each of your tires, and you want to get into the practice of doing so regularly.
All lights on the car require regular checks, as well as obvious fluid levels such as oil and coolant. Keeping your brakes in functioning order is vital and you should keep an ear out for any unusual sounds as this might indicate a problem. Additionally you should be sure that you have any emergency equipment you might require, for example, a first aid kit, extra food and water, and various winter car supplies.
In order to feel safe while you’re driving, you need to take steps to get used to regularly running a series of quick checks on your vehicle.