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Prevention is the best cure for most things in life. This is especially true when it comes to auto accidents. These four tips will help you prevent many potential accidents on the road.
Check Your Tires Routinely
Did you know that tire failure is the cause of nearly 11,000 crashes every year? Tires are an important part of routine car maintenance, and tires that are going bad can be deadly on the roads. These three “tests” can help you identify problems with your tires:
1. Tire Tread
2. Tire Pressure
3. Tire Age
The tread of the tire refers to the grooves in the tire. Deeper groves means the tire is better able to grip the road while you drive. Test the tread by inserting a penny into the deepest groove on the tire. Make sure you’re using the penny upside down with President Lincoln facing you. If you can see the profile of his entire head, then you need to replace your tires.
For tire pressure, the PSI you should expect is listed on the wall of the tire. Use a tire pressure gauge to determine if your tire is properly inflated. The age of your tire is also listed on the wall of the tire. The average tire has a useful life of 60,000 miles or anywhere from six to ten years.
Warm Your Car Properly
Always allow the car to warm up before going in the morning. Allow it to idle for at least one minute and avoid turning on the heater or air conditioner while it’s warming up.
Check Your Coolant Frequently
Check your coolant at least once every season of the year. Use this time to check other fluids, such as windshield wiper, power steering, and battery fluids. Change your oil every 3,000 miles.
Inspect Lights Regulary
Make sure both headlights and taillights work. Without lights that work, others may not see that you’re preparing to make a turn, slowing down, or even on the road at all. Failing to use your lights places you and your passengers, as well as others on the road, at risk of an accident.
If you have been in an accident, it’s important to work with a car accident attorney who is on your side. Call the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth today to get advice and guidance on what your next move should be.