When many of us are first learning to drive, we often take the time to check the car to make sure that it is running properly. The tires are carefully examined to see that they are at the proper level and our headlights are checked to see if they’re still working. As we get more comfortable with driving, we perform these routine checks less and less.
When we neglect to perform these easy checks, we are putting ourselves, others in the car, and others on the road at risk.
To help you get in the habit of checking your car safety regularly, check out this list of areas on your vehicle you could check regularly. It may just end up saving your life.
As mentioned, we all think about the pressure in our tires, but very few of us take the time to actually check said pressure in our tires. Don’t rely on your eyes — actually check the pressure in your tires with a high-quality tire gauge. A gauge is much more accurate than your eyes and will give you accurate measurements to let you know if you need to change your tires.
Leaks with vehicles can be tricky. If you notice a puddle collecting under the bottom of your car, it could be harmless condensation from the air conditioner. However, in other cases, it can be a sign of a bigger safety issue. Sometimes when our cars leak, it actually is leaking brake, antifreeze, or transmission fluid. If you see a puddle underneath your car, you should take your car to the shop as soon as possible as it is much better to be safe rather than sorry.
We don’t realize how important our windshield wipers are until we actually end up needing them in the midst of a big rainstorm. Simply test your windshield wipers — both the front and the back — periodically to make sure both are functioning properly. If you notice any issues, make sure to take it to your local car shop to get it fixed. You don’t want to have to pull over to the side of the road because your windshield wipers are broken.
Check out your drive belt the next time you are looking underneath your vehicle. Though it is rarely ever discussed, the drive belt is one of the most important features of our vehicles. The drive belt helps power the alternator, air conditioner, power steering, and other components of our cars. If the drive belt is damaged, it can cause your engine to completely shut down. Even worse, you won’t be able to replace your battery and the car will overheat as the drive belt also controls the water pump in your vehicle.
Of course, there are other important features that you should make sure to check that didn’t make this list. While it can be time-consuming to check on your car on a regular basis, it could end up saving your life and your wallet in the future.