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Car tips & advice | 07.08.2014 - 00:01

How To Properly Care For The Most Important Safety Features In Your Vehicle

Taking care of your vehicle will not only save you money, it will prolong the life of your car to keep it running for years to come.

Automobiles are essential to everyday life. They provide transportation to school, work, and new adventures. However, the failure of safety features in a vehicle can limit transportation and cause serious injury when overlooked. Caring for safety equipment and looking for warning signs of failure is the best added insurance to have on an automobile.

 

Braking system

A vehicle's brakes are often one of the most complex parts of the vehicle. All cars manufactured today feature an Antilock brake system (ABS) the prevents tires from sliding on a hard brake in slippery surfaces or collisions. When the ABS light is on it should be looked at as soon as possible. Brake fluid should be exchanged every two years for optimum performance in the master cylinder.

 

Safety belts and airbags

These safety features generally do not require extensive maintenance. However, drivers should regularly check the seatbelt tensions for proper restraint by giving it a firm and quick tug. Belts should be kept clean from heavy residue. Airbag systems are usually deployed on impact and a fuse relay. Fuses should be checked to insure they are operable. If an airbag light comes on, the car should be serviced immediately following a fuse check.

 

Suspension

A properly tuned suspension can keep the vehicle from drifting and reduce the force of an impact in the front seats. A good percentage of stability of suspension is delivered from the car's shocks or struts. These should be replaced every 50,000 miles. These act as torque and spring in the suspension to reduce the effects of road changes and impacts. Installation of shocks and struts are best left to a professional. Consider contacting a professional mechanic to check the health of suspension and replace components.

 

Tires

Tire function is one of the most important features for automobile safety. The tires can provide grip on the road during hazardous weather conditions and prevent damage during a collision. Underinflated tires are poor on fuel economy and handling. Overinflated tires can lead to a blowout or unnecessary damage over time. Tire pressure and tread should be checked regularly manually. Simple upgrades such as quality all-weather tires and a manual tire gauge can help prevent these failures.

 

Headlights

Headlights can prevent collisions during nighttime and provide a critical component to safety in the vehicle. Headlights should be inspected regularly for proper bright and dim functions. Cleaning the lens cover for the best illumination should be done regularly as well.

 

Electronic traction and stability controls

Modern vehicles are equipped with traction and stability sensors that regulate the engine's idle and wheel spin. The systems should be maintained by immediately taking the vehicle in for a diagnostic any time the light does not go off.

Properly maintenance of safety features in a vehicle can save lives and extend the life of the vehicle. A professional mechanic can recommend maintenance schedules for different vehicles and necessary upgrades.

Informational credit to Minit-Tune International Corp.

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