Top car safety tips
Before you use your vehicle, it is best to observe some car safety tips before starting out. Your diligence in making sure of standard automobile safety checks before traveling is the best preventive measure to avoid motor accidents. The following are four major car safety tips a driver should apply.
Check the radiator water level
Some car owners just assume that there is enough water in their radiators, only to be surprised when the temperature gauge on the car’s dashboard starts shooting up. Do not wait for an accident like this to come your way; it is not easy to open the hood of the car and the radiator cap, once the engine is overheated. Some nasty accidents of scalding with boiling water can hit you if you do not take precaution in opening that radiator cap! Things could be worse if you have no backup container in the car with some water, and you are in the middle of a highway in the desert.
Check oil levels and the oil filter at least every 3,000 miles
Your auto has various other fluid levels that need to be checked on a regular basis. Again, at least every 3,000 miles, the fluid levels for the brakes, power steering, transmission, radiator coolant and windshield wiper fluids should be included.
Check brake system regularly
Not all brakes make loud noises when they are in need of maintenance. The brake system should be checked for every six months.
Put the transmission gear neutral
When starting your car’s engine, do not forget to put the transmission gear to neutral. This ensures that as the engine comes to life, it functions normally, avoiding any unusual “jumping” or abrupt movement, as what happens if the transmission is in first or second gear, that may cause unnecessary accidents. After the car’s engine is started and you forgot to do a task back in the house that will require you to get out of the car to attend to it, be sure to put the handbrakes on, if you leave the engine running. This is to avoid incidents of the kids unknowingly pulling the transmission lever, as kids are wont to do, active and restless as they normally are.
An innocent hand’s pull on the lever might cause the car to move abruptly if the transmission is suddenly in first or second gear without the presence of the adult driving the car.