Though Florida’s transition from summer to fall is not always as obvious as those places that see a significant cooldown and changing leaves, it can be a good checkmark in one’s year. Fall marks the preamble to the holidays, after all. Before the kids start getting excited to pick out Halloween costumes and Mom and Dad begin inviting the family over for Thanksgiving, you may want to take a little time to think about an event just as important as any upcoming holiday: reviewing your annual car safety checklist.
Though we understand if you are not exactly excited to do so, keeping and updating your car safety checklist at least once a year can keep both you and your vehicle safe for miles to come.
Your Car Safety Checklist 2016
- Car Headlights, taillights, turn signals, brake lights and high beams all work appropriately.
- Fluids, such as oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, antifreeze and windshield fluid are all filled and changed as recommended for make and model.
- Tires are balanced and filled to recommended psi.
- Tires are not overly worn, providing a safe amount of traction in rainy conditions or during sudden stops.
- Brakes are checked by professionals to ensure that they provide adequate stopping power and are not overly worn.
- Windshield and all windows are free from cracks that could potentially lead to a larger shatter in the case of a bump or accident.
- Windshield wipers are properly fastened and still in working condition.
- Air filters and oil filters are checked and replaced, as recommended by make and model.
- Car is washed and waxed to maintain coat and prevent rusting.
Many of the points on this car safety checklist may seem rather insignificant on their own, but they add up to vitally important maintenance for any motor vehicle. Why not use the changing of the season as your signal to check in on the safety of your car?
Always take care of your car — after all, it so often takes care of you. Along with ensuring the safety of your vehicle, always drive without distractions and follow all of the laws of the road. If you are involved in an accident please do not hesitate to reach out to our car accident litigation team to begin your road to financial recovery.
If you, a friend or a loved one are unfortunately injured as a result of a car accident or have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Wieland, Hilado & DeLattre, P.A. at (407) 841-7699. For additional resources, keep checking our blog, LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more helpful hints and to always be informed about best practices in law.