No matter how careful we try to be motoring through town or on our way to work or play, accidents are going to occur due to someone’s negligence or just plain poor decisions. But there are some things we can do to keep our vehicles safe and promote safe driving by everyone, from our kids to grandparents.

Vehicle maintenance is something that’s totally in our control. In many cases it’s something we can handle ourselves; for others, plenty of specialists are ready to keep our cars and trucks safe and in top condition.

Florida automobile accident attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert in Ormond Beach note proper vehicle maintenance may seem an obvious way to promote driver safety, but it’s something often delayed.

Make a List. Check it Twice

Here are some maintenance considerations often overlooked:

  • Windshield wipers. When the weather is inclement, a driver’s ability to see the road, other vehicles, and pedestrians is more important than ever. Worn or damaged blades are a hazard. They should be checked at least once a year and replaced whenever cracked or brittle from age and weather.
  • Tire air pressure. Tires will make driving easier and boost mileage when properly inflated. Use the PSI recommendation of the vehicle manufacturer.
  • Monitor tire wear. Bald is not beautiful on tires carrying loved ones to school, the mall, or a family vacation. When tread grows thin, replace tires.
  • Keep charging. Check the battery periodically, at least once a year, to insure it’s holding a charge and working properly.
  • Check out the brakes. Safety specialists advise drivers to listen to their brakes. If they’re squawking or squeaking, they’re trying to tell you they may need attention. And, speaking of attention, don’t procrastinate when it’s time for an oil change or other regular maintenance. Preventive measures can keep you safer and save you money down the road.

Regular Maintenance: It Makes Sense AND Saves Dollars

By promoting regular vehicle maintenance, transportation safety organizations help motorists take the necessary steps to deal with varying conditions they’re likely to encounter on our highways, note Florida auto accident lawyers at Johnson & Gilbert.

  • Headlights matter. An important safety system most of us don’t often think about is how well our car is “seeing.” And as for being seen? Over time, headlights may become pitted or cloudy. Headlight restoration kits are available to remedy this situation. In some cases professional sanding may be required. Remember, operating as designed, headlights can give drivers as many as four more seconds reaction time.
  • Avoid overloaded key chains. Safety experts also advise less is best on key chains. If the key in your car ignition is on a chain weighed down with all manner of objects, including a lucky charm, your luck could be bad. They say the added weight can damage your ignition switch, leading to failure.
  • Fill up your tank. Never let your car get too thirsty. “E” on the gas gauge means refueling is needed as soon as possible. You don’t want to suck sediment from the bottom of your gas tank into your car’s engine. It could gum up the works and unnecessarily send you into a shop for repairs.

Ormond Beach lawyers at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A., have been working with Florida clients to achieve successful settlements in car crash cases for more than 15 years. They say keep your car in good running order and call them at 386.673.4412 or toll-free at 800.556.8890 for a free consultation if you’re in an accident.