Basic Car Inspection and Safety Precautions
Car owners are responsible for their own vehicle. It is practical enough to check your vehicle first, before going out for a drive. This will ensure that your vehicle is in good condition for travel and prevent unexpected incidents from occurring while on the road.
Make it a habit to check under your vehicle for obvious leaks. Fluid leaks may cause the car’s steering, brakes and radiator from running efficiently and could be a potential hazard during travel. Check your tires and make sure that it has enough air pressure and doesn’t show any signs of damage. Flat tires are common while travelling. Be sure that you always have a spare tire with you, so you could easily change tires once it loses air pressure. Blown off tires while driving can make you lose control of the vehicle and most of the time causes cars to crash resulting to seriously fatal accidents.
Lights are important especially during night. Ask someone to stand behind your car to see if the tail lights are working properly. Headlights are also important and should be perfectly functioning to make sure that you are seeing the road clearly and the vehicles right in front of you. Side mirrors and windows must be clear enough to provide good visibility. This will allow you to see everything around you while driving on the road and prevent you from hitting vague objects, animals or even pedestrians who are unaware of the vehicles passing by. Gauges, vents, heating system and air conditioning should also be checked to make sure that you can defog the windows when necessary.
The Main Key to Responsible Driving
As a car owner, you should be responsible enough to handle, not only your own vehicle, but also yourself. Most drivers become reckless especially during traffic or stressful conditions that make it hard for someone to concentrate and focus on the road. Plan your route ahead of time and allow yourself to have extra driving time so you don’t keep rushing on the streets. Remember that patience is the key to responsible driving and should be observed all the time, once you sit behind the wheels.
Once on the road, free yourself from distraction. Avoid eating while driving and stop on the side of the road if you have to take an important call. These are simple precautions but very significant in saving your cars from being damaged and yourself and other pedestrians from getting hurt.
Make sure that you are physically and mentally fit to drive. If you are not feeling well, let someone else drive for you. Your physical and mental well being affects your reaction time, reasonable judgment and attention on the road. If other drivers can’t do the same thing, it is wiser for you to be on full alert while driving to avoid getting yourself into car accidents because of other people’s wrong actions.