When it comes to driving – safety is first. You don’t have to be a mechanic, or even have any particularly developed mechanical inclinations, to do a basic safety check on your vehicle. The following information may vary a bit depending upon the vehicle make and model you have. Always consult with your owner’s manual for the exact information applicable to your car or truck, but the following basic outlines should give you an idea of how you check your car over for safety.
1. Watch Your Oil
Even if you do right by your vehicle and change your oil according to the schedule in your owner’s manual, you still need to check it every time you get gas. This is the safest way to go, as you are constantly keeping tabs on the oil level. Cars are fitted with a dipstick that will give you a reading on your oil level. Most people check the oil when they get gas, simply because it becomes a ritual and they don’t forget to do it. Ideally, however, you should check it when the engine is cool, such as before you take off for the day.
2. Look at Your Radiator Fluid
On most modern vehicles, it’s easy to check your anti-freeze levels. An overflow tank will be located near your radiator that will have the minimum and maximum levels indicated on it. The fluid level should be somewhere between the minimum and maximum marks. Never open up a hot radiator; it can boil over and cause severe burns.
3. Check Your Brake Fluid
On most vehicles, you’ll find the brake fluid reservoir positioned in a very obvious place near the back of the engine. Again, the reservoir will have a minimum and maximum level on it. If your brake fluid levels are low, you have the option of adding more – be very careful not to add any dirt into the reservoir – or of going to a mechanic. Generally speaking, situations where your break fluid levels have dropped are ones where getting an expert to look over your vehicle is a very good idea.
Maintaining your vehicle and making sure it is up to basic safety standards is part of being a responsible driver. Sometimes, negligent drivers fail to maintain their vehicles and end up causing accidents because of mechanical failures. A car accident attorney may be a good recourse if this has happened to you. A Dallas car accident attorney can look over your claim and see whether or not this type of negligence applied in your case.