Top 4 Equipment Problems: Avoid Personal Injuries by Maintaining Your Vehicle’s Equipment
The failure to regularly inspect and maintain a motor vehicle and its equipment in proper working order is a substantial cause of personal injury and/or death. The following 4 equipment violations are pointed out in attempt to prevent the incurring of personal injury or death by taking these steps:
1. Vehicle lightingInoperable headlights, taillights, turn signals and brake lights have been the demise of many motorists. Vehicles traveling at night or in low light conditions that do not have either both or any of their headlights or taillights working is just plain asking for trouble. Lights allow other motorists to see you and you see them and other hazards on or near the roadway. Turn signals, when in use, allow other motorists to be aware of your intentions as to movement of your vehicle. The failure to have an operable turn signal takes away this notice and can lead to vehicles being cut off, side-swiped, and people being hurt. Inoperable brake lights, too, are dangerous. Brake lights warn approaching motorists that you are slowing or stopping. Without that notice, vehicles approaching from the rear are likely to crash into the rear of your vehicle, causing injury or death.
2. BrakesBrakes that are not attended to or maintained are just a disaster waiting to happen. Brakes obviously help the vehicle operator slow, stop, and maintain control of the vehicle. Without properly maintained and functioning brakes you cannot slow or stop as necessary and you will crash.
3. TiresTires that are allowed to wear too low are a ticking time bomb. Tires allow the vehicle to grip the road and give control to the driver. Tires that are worn too low and have lost their traction turn driving into a gamble. The tire could blow out and during inclement weather such as rain or snow, the ability of the vehicle to grip the road is compromised.
4. Windshield WipersToo often over-looked are windshield wiper blades; and they are right in front of the driver's face. Wiper blades wear out. They become torn and they become sun rotted. Obviously, the wiper blades enable the driver to see. Without the ability to see clearly, crashes happen.