The Importance of Regular Maintenance
One of the greatest threats to a safe driving experience is the owner’s failure to properly have his or her car maintained. While many people acknowledge that other drivers who drive distracted, recklessly, or while intoxicated are a major road threat, they often forget the dangers that a poorly maintained car can cause. If a car is not regularly inspected and tuned up, it can result in internal damage to the vehicle that the driver may not notice until it is too late.
An automobile contains hundreds of parts that must all work together for the car to run smoothly. Each year, cars must be inspected to check that they meet government standards for car safety and efficiency. Engine operation, brakes, tires, emissions, and windshield wiper function are just some of the many aspects that are reviewed on a car each year. When a car has a major problem, the inspector will require that the issue is fixed before the car is given a pass on inspection. Sometimes there may be additional problems with your car that are not necessarily required to be fixed to pass inspection.
It can be easy to ignore seemingly small problems with your car if you aren’t required to have them fixed. They may start out as minor issues but can grow into major hazards if not attended to. The mechanic who conducts your safety inspection may give you a list of recommended fixes that are not required, but that could become bigger problems later.
If the cost of all of the recommended repairs is too high or you believe that the inspector may be exaggerating the problems, consider taking your car to another shop for a second opinion. If the same list of problems arises, rank them in order of safety risk and have the most severe problems serviced immediately. Preventative maintenance is the best way to ensure that your car continues to run safely and reliably.
If you have been in a car accident and believe that improper maintenance or a poor inspection was the cause, consider contacting a car accident attorney immediately. The shop that conducted the inspection or maintenance may be liable and you may be entitled to compensation.
To learn more about car maintenance and accident liability, please contact the Sheboygan car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.