Every journey on the road is different, despite perhaps following the exact same route. The surrounding vehicles will be different, the mental state of each individual behind the wheel that passes will be different, the weather, the time of day, a range of variables can all come together to make all of your driving experiences varied. We think of the analogy of the river, how we never place our hand in the same one twice.
This means, as much as you can, reducing the variables on your end can keep things as safe as possible. The best way you can do this is practice safe driving every single day, but even before that, to inspect your vehicle before you even think of driving it. Too often we can eschew this vital duty, especially if we are late for work or have somewhere to be. The last thing anyone wants is to socialize with friends and offer to drive them, only to take ten minutes circling the vehicle for any sign of change.
But there’s no reason why things should be this exaggerated. In fact, the following easy, quick and thoroughly safe inspections can help you begin every new road voyage with confidence:
Check The Glass
Checking your windshield and windows can help you immediately identify any chips, we can be easy to gain in loose-debris roads or driving on the highway/motorway. A tiny, seemingly inconsequential chip can actually turn into a large, quite worrying crack, and this can happen at record speed. If this happens, it’s often best to suspend your driving as much as possible until an effective and useful screen & window repair service can cater to it. For such a nominal fee it’s quite astonishing to see just how well this can secure your safety on the roads.
Low tyre pressure increases fuel consumption, reduces handling, and worse, can render a vehicle immobile. It’s important to give your tyres a little squeeze, preferably before each journey, but at least once every three days. Doing this can help you ensure that you avoid said issues or notice a problem as soon as it occurs. Heading into your local petrol/gas station will allow you to top up the tyres, or through a puncture detection kit you can see if a replacement is necessary. It’s best to find this out now, rather than in the middle of a fraught road situation.
Seat Belt Strength
Seat belts can, unfortunately, fail to hold back the seat occupant in the event of a crash, but only if they are in a state of disrepair. Pull them firmly to see if they stop in place. If they do not, there’s a chance they will not stop you in an accident, and this can be even more worrying if using them to secure a child seat in place. This is an especially important factor when purchasing a used vehicle.
With this advice, you are certain to stay safe on the roads.