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5 Ways Proper Vehicle Maintenance Is A Safety Measure Against Being In An Accident

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One minute you are driving down the road, running errands or headed to work or school, and the next you are involved in a car accident, resulting in serious injuries and property damage. It happens all the time, to even the safest of drivers. In addition to following the rules of the road and using defensive driving strategies, one of the ways in which you can help protect yourself against accidents and injuries is by making sure your vehicle is properly maintained.  

How Maintaining Your Car Keeps You Safe On The Road

Car accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. Road, weather, and traffic conditions can conspire to make accidents more likely, while reckless driving behaviors such as speeding or driving under the influence put everyone’s safety at risk. The American Association Of Retired People reports that poor car maintenance can also increase your odds of being involved in an accident, and that taking the time to inspect your vehicle is a simple way to protect yourself and those you love. The following are five ways in which proper car maintenance can keep you safe on the road:

  • Protection Against Breakdowns – Car breakdowns put you at risk. Checking your fluid levels regularly and paying attention to engine sensor lights on your dashboard can help ensure your car runs the way it should.
  • Increasing Traction – Making sure your tires are properly inflated and in good condition helps to increase traction on the road, helping you maintain better control of your vehicle.
  • Improving Your Visibility – Pay attention to windshield wiper fluid levels and make sure headlights are clean and working properly. This can help you avoid obstacles, while making it easier for other drivers to see you.
  • Ensuring You Can Stop When Needed – The ability to respond to changes in traffic and to stop when needed is vitally important. Check your brakes regularly, and listen for signs of squeaking or squealing, indicating your brake pads need replaced.  
  • Signaling Other Drivers – Make sure your indicator lights, brake lights, and hazard lights are all in good working order, and make use of them regularly as a means of communicating with other drivers.

To find out what to do if you are involved in an accident and how to ensure you get the medical care and compensation you need to recover, you can find more information in our free resource, The Complete Guide to Navigating Recovery & Compensation After Being Injured In Las Vegas.

Reach Out to Us for Help

If you or someone you care about is injured in a car accident, contact the Ladah Law Firm, PLLC right away. Our experienced Las Vegas car accident attorneys can advise you on the best course of action to get the compensation you deserve. Serving Las Vegas and the surrounding areas, we can help; call (702) 252-0055 to see how we can be of assistance.