Safer Driving Through Proper Vehicle Maintenance
3 out of 10 traffic accidents are caused by either failing brakes or worn out tyres. Most of these cases are either due to being too busy to do a thorough regular check up of your vehicle or just being lazy to do so.
Accidents of this manner can be avoided by Ensuring that your vehicle is serviced regularly, in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations, and will help to avoid breakdowns and accidents caused by vehicle faults.
In this article, we will tackle Safer Driving Through Proper Vehicle Maintenance
To ensure safety for both yourself and those around you and to keep your vehicle running smoothly, let us make it easier remember by following the FLOWER Checklist:
- Fuel – Play safe and stay topped up. Don’t leave your car empty to avoid being held up while driving.
- Lights – Do a regular check on your main beams, indicators, fog lights, sidelights and brake lights.
- Oil – overfilling or under-filling the oil risk engine damage. Try to get an engine tune up on a regular basis to ensure that your engines are always in good condition
- Water – Keep the screen washer reservoir full and use plenty of additive especially during winter. Try to have a reserved water in your trunks in case you need one
- Electrics – Check battery, wiper blades, electric windows, horn and heater fan. As they always say, prevention is better than cure. Vehicle defects will only worsen and cause you troubles if neglected.
- Rubber –under-inflated tyres increases the risk of suffering a blow out at high speed due to excessive heat building up in the tyre. The allowed legal limit for minimum tread depth on your tyres is 1.6 millimetres, across the central ¾ of the tread around the complete circumference of the whole tyre.
Worn out tyres reduce the effectiveness of braking, steering and acceleration, particularly in the wet or icy roads. Worn out tyres are not only dangerous, they are illegal.
Traffic accidents occurring due to faulty vehicles can be avoided. Paying attention to this small detail can both help you and other drivers to lessen road traffic accidents. Don’t just do a vehicle check when planning on a long drive but try to keep a maintained schedule to do a thorough check of your vehicle to avoid accidents.