Whether you have a well-used car or your newer vehicle is beginning to show signs of its true age, determining if it is safe to drive is critically important. Here are three areas of your car that you can check to help determine if it is still safe to drive on Oklahoma highways.
The air pressure in your tires, the tread depth, and uneven tire wear can not only impact your fuel economy, but it can also determine how your car handles on the road. Check tires for an even look, treads that are too shallow, and any serious cracking or raised lumps before getting on the road.
As your car ages, so do the rubber components. Parts like rubber fuel lines, vacuum hoses, serpentine belts, radiator hoses, and other rubberized parts should be checked for holes and cracking. If any one of these components fails while driving, it can result in disastrous consequences for the car and driver.
The moving parts of the car should be inspected at regular intervals such as the wheels, brakes, differential, driveshaft, transmission, and all engine components, but so should the springs, brackets, and bolts that hold those parts in place. Be sure to examine these components for wear and aging.
A car that is unsafe to drive could result in a serious accident. Automobile accidents do happen due to component failure, so preparing for them is wise even if you have followed the above advice for your own vehicle. Most drivers don’t maintain their cars in tip-top condition and could collide with your vehicle. If you are involved in an accident on an Oklahoma highway from someone else’s negligence, contact your insurance company and a Lawton car accident attorney to get rightfully compensated for your injuries and losses.