How Well Do You Know Your Car?

Auto Repair, LifeStyle on August 1, 2017

How well do you know your car? No one likes to think about the worst-case scenario of either an accident or a vehicle break-down on the road. Taking simple precautions now can go a long way in helping to avoid accidents and costly repairs in the long run.

Being more aware of some specific areas of your car can help you to nip any problem in the bud, and also save you from extensive or unnecessary damage in case of an accident!

Obeying the rules of the road is obviously is a great place to start when it comes to avoiding an accident – but you can further protect yourself by knowing just a little bit about more about your car. Proper maintenance could be the difference between life and death for both you, and other drivers on the road. 

Car Battery

An essential part of your car, battery conditions are often overlooked since there really isn’t a solid warning system in place on most vehicles. This makes it a real possibility to end up stuck somewhere when they battery finally decides to give in. The Arizona heat especially makes battery maintenance crucially important!

Make regular checks on your car battery to keep an eye out for any of the following warning signs:

  • Fluid pooling
  • ‘Bad egg’ smell
  • Feeling sick when inside the car
  • Engine takes longer than usual to start
  • Electrical component malfunctions
  • Battery dashboard light comes on

If you notice any of the above warning signs, make an appointment at with a local automotive shop to have the battery checked out and any potential issues resolved.

Air Bags

If there is one thing that should never be purchased from a third party, it is your vehicle’s airbags. If you do so, you are putting yourself at risk for receiving counterfeit air bags that may fail to deploy, or deploy in a faulty manner that can fail to protect you from impact and result in serious injury.

With the Takata airbag scandal exploding in 2016 and continuing through 2017, it’s clear how important airbags are. When even airbags from authorized sources can sometimes cause problems, why further risk yourself by buying potentially counterfeit bags from third-party companies? When replacing airbags, you should always go for new ones from the dealer, or a trusted auto body or auto repair shop.

Push Button Ignitions

The convenience of having a push button ignition may come at the cost of forgetting to turn off the car and hence making its running engine a source of carbon monoxide. This could specifically be a problem among drivers who are used to an ignition that requires turning a key and removing it to exit the car.  Taking extra care to remember to turn off the car before exiting is very important.

In Summary

While vehicle-related issues are bound to happen, the driver and how they maintain their car can make a world of a difference. Keeping your eye on a few of these specific areas within the vehicle will both help you save money, and keep you and other drivers safe on the road.