Auto Safety Tips For A Safer Drive Home

auto safety tipsDriving is a necessity for many people. To get to and from work, school, or appointments, you have to get behind the wheel and head out on the roadways every single day. But have you ever considered how you drive and how the condition of your vehicle contributes to the safety of others on the roads? A vehicle that’s not taken care of, especially if it’s in need of tires, has gas issues, or requires engine repairs, can put both yourself and others in danger on a busy highway.

With May being Global Youth Traffic Safety month, it’s a great time to take a good, long look at your vehicle and take advantage of some preventative maintenance tips to save you money on repair costs and ensure your vehicle is safe enough to be on the road. Here are a few auto safety tips for a safer ride home:

  • Check your battery: Batteries can fail on a vehicle at any time, and you don’t want to be in the fast lane of a busy highway when your car starts losing power. Check the posts of your battery for corrosion on a monthly basis, and if your battery seems to be draining for no reason, bring your vehicle into a repair technician to be checked.
  • Change your air filter: Although a dirty air filter won’t contribute to a vehicle breakdown, it can reduce your fuel economy.
  • Always check your tire wear: Bald or worn down tires can cause vehicle crashes due to blowouts, especially at high speeds. Always check your tires for wear and replace as necessary.
  • Maintain adequate tire pressure: Low or overinflated tire pressure can also cause vehicle crashes. Unstable tire pressure can be especially hazardous in adverse weather conditions, so always check your air pressure before heading out.
  • Keep a minimum of half a tank of gas: You never know when you’ll be stuck in a traffic jam, and if you have no gas you’ll end up with no way out. To avoid breaking down on the side of the road and causing a potential hazard for drivers as well as yourself, always maintain half a tank of gas.

You might not think your own vehicle maintenance contributes to public auto safety, but by keeping an eye on the wear and tear of your car, truck, van, or motorbike, you’ll be keeping the roadways safer for everyone who drives.