When it comes to car accidents, we all know the number one cause. Distracted driving is the biggest reason American drivers get into accidents on the road. Distracted driving includes, talking on the phone, eating while driving, kids or pets in the backseat, road rage, and of course, texting.
However, distractions aren’t the only causes of accidents. Improper maintenance can also lead to complications that can leave you in a dangerous situation. Below are three things you can check regularly, to avoid some types of accidents yourself!
Windshield Wipers & Headlights
Visibility is essential to safe driving. Most distracted drivers end up crashing because their eyes aren’t on the road. Unfortunately it doesn’t matter how hard you focus if you still can’t see through the windshield! Many drivers don’t think to check their wipers or lights until they are already driving in weather that compromises visibility.
Once a month, take a moment to check out your wipers. Over time the blades can become brittle and ineffective, so it is important to change them when they show signs of wear and tear. While you’re at it, check your wiper fluid under the hood, so you know you’ll have it when you need it. Rinse your windshield with the fluid and turn on your wipers. The glass should be crystal clear. If not, it may be time to replace!
Additionally check to make sure all of the lights on your car are working and properly aligned. Not only a safety tip, taking the time to check your headlights can save you from a getting ticket for having a light out!
Safe Tires For Safe Driving
Car tires. Many drivers wait until they have a flat to check or change their tires, but if you’re a smart driver, you’ll check them much more often than that! Your tire are one of the most important parts of your vehicle, so you should make sure they are in good shape at all times.
Your tires should be free of bumps or cracks, so if your tires have either, you should have them replaced. Also, make sure your tread is deep enough to provide good traction. Accidents can often happen from hydroplaning or skidding, which can be avoided with good tires.
For all of your car repair and maintenance needs in Schaumburg, IL, give the pros at Express Auto Repairs and Emissions Service a call at (847) 895-9131!