Simple act that can help motorists prevent accidents and costly repairs

Most people don’t think twice about car safety. They just jump in the car, turn the key and take off. This can be very dangerous. Everyone should have a basic knowledge of car safety and the ability to perform a basic safety inspection before setting out. This brief, simple act can help motorists prevent accidents and costly repairs. In this article, we will review the basic steps for performing a pre-trip safety vehicle safety inspection. Read on to learn more and check out

Before setting out in your car, you should turn on the ignition, lights and flashers and walk around the vehicle to make sure all the lights are working.

You can test the brake lights with the help of a friend or by parking with the rear of your car facing a wall or large glass window. Then you can see whether your brake lights reflect in the window or light up the wall behind you.

When you walk around your car, look at your tires. Check for uneven wear, and look to be sure they are properly inflated. If you have an air compressor (a very good idea) air up low tires before setting out. If not, get to a gas station first thing to air them up. Have worn tires replaced as soon as possible.

When you turn on your ignition, turn off your radio so that you can listen to your engine as you walk around the vehicle. Listen for strange or unusual sounds. Don’t ignore any odd noises you may hear. Have your vehicle checked out by a mechanic if you hear rattling, clanking or anything else out of the ordinary.

Once you’ve completed your exterior vehicle inspection, get in the car and check to be sure all your dash lights are working properly. Pay attention to your dash lights. If they are telling you your oil needs to be checked, check your oil. If your “check- engine” light is on, get your car to a mechanic to find out what is wrong.

Test your windshield wipers and washers to be sure they are working properly.

Adjust your mirrors so that you can see behind you and to the sides as you should.

Once you have completed this cursory inspection, you are good to go. Remember to check your oil and fluids each time you get gas. Carry extra oil and fluids in your trunk so that you will always be prepared to top them off as needed. By following these simple tips, you can enjoy a safe trip every time.