For many motorists in California, car maintenance is an expensive nuisance. It means leaving your car at the garage, being inconvenienced maybe for a few days and incurring a hefty bill by the time everything is done. Lots of car owners put off doing repairs because they think it’s just too much of a headache. They assume that everything is fine as long as the car starts when they put the key in the ignition. They don’t rush to get anything fixed when they should.
That means that the odd sounds that the brakes are making, the tires with dangerously worn treads and the oil change go unaddressed. Many people fail to realize until it’s too late that doing maintenance before serious problems arise can possibly stop an accident from happening.
You want your vehicle to always be in top working order or as close to it as possible. That way, if you find yourself in a hazardous situation, say if the road is icy or you need to stop quickly because a child has run into the street unexpectedly, the car will perform the way you need it to so no one gets hurt.
Pay attention to these aspects of your car
Be rigorous about oversight of the following:
- Tires – Note the tire pressure, rotate your tires periodically and be aware of your wheel alignment.
- Mirrors – All mirrors need to be dirt-free and adjusted, so they are easy for you to view vehicles behind you.
- Windshield – Check the windshield wiper blades to be sure they are not worn or encrusted with dirt. Clean your windshield frequently. Get rid of any streaks.
- Brakes – Unusual noises should alert you to trouble.
- Lights – Wipe accumulated grime off the lenses often.
Get expert input
Your mechanic can advise you on taking care of your car. Your owner’s manual has valuable information too. If you are in a crash caused by a driver’s inattention to the condition of their vehicle, see about compensation for damage and injuries you suffered.