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Proper vehicle maintenance could prevent car accidents


Posted on behalf of Mark F. Griffin of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Apr 09, 2015 in Truck Accidents

In an earlier post we wrote about the steps boat owners can take to prepare their vessels for use after a long winter when they were not used. Applying that same reasoning to motor vehicles, residents of the state of Connecticut may think that because they used their car all winter, it does not need attention this spring. The reality however is that the change of season is a good time to complete car maintenance. Proper maintenance could prevent accidents from happening.

The first thing that many people do in the spring is clean things up. A car should not be overlooked. In addition to pulling garbage that has been allowed to accumulate over the winter months out of the interior, running a car through a wash to clean the exterior is also a good idea. Treating a windshield with a rain-repellent windshield coating could make it easier to see in bad weather.

Next, take a look at your vehicle’s tires, including the spare. If they are worn, get new ones. If they are okay, take the time to balance, fill and rotate the vehicle’s tires. Taking these actions will help them to last longer and keep you safer on the road.

A third thing that can be done in spring is to have the car serviced. In the course of this, the following should be checked:

  • Belts
  • Brake and power steering fluids
  • Coolant
  • Oil and transmission levels
  • Brakes

As we mentioned, taking the time to properly maintain one’s car could do more than prolong the vehicle’s life. It could also keep a crash from occurring. Most would likely agree that is a good thing.