Car inspections are not enforced by the state of South Carolina, so how do you know if your car is safe to drive? By keeping track of basic car maintenance yourself, you should be able to keep you and your car safe on the road.
Oil keeps your car’s engine running smoothly, lubricating the many moving parts. When you run out of oil, those parts start to grind, and can cause any number of problems—including a complete stall of your vehicle. How far and how often you drive, along with the model and make of your vehicle, will determine how often you should change the oil. This information should be in your owner’s manual.
Your car’s coolant keeps the engine’s temperature down to ensure that it does not overheat. If your engine overheats, you will know because of the smell of burning coolant (green in color) and the presence of smoke coming from underneath your hood. This can prove to be very dangerous on the road, impeding a driver’s eyesight, and causing an auto accident.
Brake Lights / Signals
This is a must for all cars on the road, and if not properly maintained, you may be pulled over by the police. You will typically know if a brake light or signal is out, because of a rapid signal chiming, typically at double the normal speed. Having working brake lights and blinkers is essential for on-the-road safety. Most parts can be bought at local auto shops and easily installed at home.
If you have been experiencing screeching or a bumpy rumble when braking, then your brake pads may need to be replaced. As they wear down, the rods of your brakes begin to rub against one another. Over time, this will lead to delayed stops, making you more susceptible to rear ending someone, or fishtailing during a rain storm.
Maintaining your transmission fluid and being mindful of needed transmission maintenance could save your life out on the road. Your car’s transmission is what keeps you “in gear” so that your car can accelerate properly and maintain a constant speed. When a transmission is failing, you may find that your car has difficulty starting and accelerating, lacking a sense of “pick up,” or stalling on in the middle of traffic. This uncertainty could easily cause a car accident. Transmission issues can range from a small misfire to a completely defunct transmission.
If you have been in an auto accident recently and believe that the other driver may have been at fault, then contact the auto accident lawyers at Anastopoulo Law Firm in Charleston, SC.