December 10, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The Wall Street Journal indicates that roughly 90 percent of people traveling over winter holidays are likely to be driving. A result, safety advocates are emphasizing the importance of safety over the next few months.
Many Americans endure long and tiring trips to see family and friends. Of course, many accidents
over the holiday season are a result of human error; nevertheless, there are several precautions that one can take to reduce the likelihood of an accident. Specifically, it is important to recognize maintenance-related issues.
A motorist should be on top of car issues. Changing the engine oil and other vehicle services are important before a long journey. Failing to make minor care repairs can result in faulty brake pads and other problems, which place drivers at risk. A motorist can also damage his or her car if the vehicle is not cared for. This adds to long-term costs. To ensure a vehicle is in top condition, it helps to inspect the following before hitting the road:
- Transmission fluid levels
- Coolant levels
- The air filter
- Tire pressure
- Windshield wiper fluid
These issues can not only be dangerous, but also dramatically increase travel time in the event of malfunction or accident
Tires are especially important. Deflated tires can contribute to tire wear and result in damage from potholes, heat and other road hurdles. As a bonus, properly inflated tires may assist gas mileage. Also, bald tires in slippery conditions can lead to an accident because there is less traction. A motorist wants to stay in control of the vehicle, and the tires are crucial for keeping a steady hand behind the wheel.
It is additionally imperative to pay attention to dashboard warnings. The following signs can equate to traveling trouble:
- Oil Light
- Temperature Light
- Check Engine Light
- Brake Light
If the driver is unfamiliar with light warnings, a quick glance through the owner's manual can be helpful.
Most importantly, a driver should not personally diagnose a car issue. While research may help, a trained mechanic is better. Some vehicle issues can be misleading. Specifically, a driver may confuse the need for a mass airflow cleaning with a standard engine tune-up. Some car symptoms mimic each other, so a motorist should ask a trained mechanic to look at any issues.
In the end, several car matters can get in the way of a drive and his or her turkey dinner. To be on the safe side, it helps to have the car inspected prior to a long journey. This can help make a hassle-free holiday.
If you have been in a serious collision, it may help to contact a personal injury law professional in your area. A lawyer can help you regain normalcy after a collision.
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