Summer time is always a busy time to travel. Many people take road trips to see some of the nation’s history or soak up some sun at the coast or a resort destination. If you are planning a road trip this summer, wherever you are going, our attorneys would like to encourage you to have your vehicle serviced before you hit the road.
Making sure you keep up with your car’s preventative maintenance can help you avoid a car accident in your travels. Nothing can ruin a road trip more than car trouble or being involved in a traffic accident because your vehicle is not functioning properly. Preventative maintenance can help motorists avoid potential breakdowns and help to reduce the risk of being involved in auto accidents. For this reason alone, all drivers need to learn what they need to do before they set out on the road.
Vehicle Maintenance = Trouble Prevention
It is important to schedule a vehicle inspection by a professional mechanic before heading out for your summer trip. A basic service includes:
- Changing the oil
- Rotating the tires
- Inspecting the car overall
Don’t think that a routine oil change is all that is needed to keep your car safe on your travels. Having an overall vehicle inspection done is wise, especially before you leave on a road trip. A mechanic can tell if your brakes are too worn, if your tires need to be replaced, if you have an electrical issue, and much more.
There are safety items that you should inspect on your car as well before you hit the road. These things could include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Tail lights
- Brake lights
- Reverse lights
- Turn signals
- Windshield wipers
- Fluid levels
If you inspect these items often, it may help you avoid a car accident and insurance claim down the road. When car maintenance is neglected, it can be a direct factor in car crashes. For instance, when tires are not maintained, they can lose traction with the road. Additionally, old tires can crack or blow out and cause serious injuries to you and to other innocent drivers. By performing regular maintenance, you will be able to minimize your chances of being involved in a car crash.
If you have been in a car accident due to another driver's negligent or reckless behavior, please give our Atlanta car accident attorneys a call today for your free consultation!