10 Safety Tips For Used Car Drivers – Part 1

April 15, 2022
Posted by: Pels Auto

Whether you’re going to work, taking children to school or planning for a holiday, peace of mind should start before you embark on your travels by making sure your vehicle is safe and ready to go.

Many common vehicle problems can be picked up by inspecting your vehicle, listening for strange noises, noticing unusual odours or even sensing a difference in the way a vehicle drives.

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Road Safety Is Important

The most obvious reason why road safety is so important is that many lives are at stake when you’re on the road. The potential for death or a serious injury is always a prominent risk when someone is not focused while driving. All it takes is a couple of seconds looking away from the road. This is especially true when you consider the fact that other drivers might also not be paying attention.

Here Are 5 Tips To Make Sure Your Vehicle Is Safe To Drive:

  1. Tyre Pressure & tread

Making sure your tyre pressure is correct and it is critical for safety as well as avoiding a dreaded blowout.

It’s important to always use a tyre gauge to check your tyres rather than relying on having a “look-see”. Pay special heed to the dashboard tyre-pressure warning light if it is present.

Now that we’ve ticked the box on tyre pressure, your rubber is likely to have some km’s on it, don’t ignore the tread. Take your car in to have the tyre tread checked on all four tyres to make sure they are not too worn or unevenly worn.

If your tyres are “worn” or has damages to the sidewall from a recent bounce against a curb or pothole, it’s better to replace them now rather than take a chance on them blowing out while you’re on the road.

  1. Lights

Turn on your lights when you’re in a garage or aimed at a wall or ask a friend or family member to walk around your car while you test the lights, this is a quick and easy way to check if your lights are working! Test all your lights, indicators, brake lights, and fog lights one by one.

  1. Wipers and Demisters

Wipers tend to wear quickly, especially when your car is kept outdoors and in the sun! Test both front and rear wipers, squirt washer fluid to make sure your wipers clean the glass clearly.  Make sure your demisters are working as a sudden mist-up can be dangerous.

  1. Dashboard Warning lights

Dashboard warning lights can give you a quick indication when something is wrong.

When you turn on the ignition, all warning lights should flash on momentarily. As soon as you note a warning light that stays on, get it checked immediately. Any warning light often warrants immediate checking by a professional.

  1. Steering

If you feel like your steering wheel vibrates too much, it’s likely your steering needs an alignment or needs to be inspected by a professional.

To Conclude

It’s important to remember that even if you are a safe driver, others might not be. You should always keep an eye on other drivers that might not stop when they’re supposed to or pull out of a parking lot when they shouldn’t.

Another smart way to approach road safety is to ensure you only buy a well maintained used car from a reputable dealership. That is exactly what Pels Auto can help you with!

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