Whenever you want to derive or planning to go for a long ride, you should know the answer of the most important question, How to check safety of your car? You should always check if your car is working safely.
Safety of your car is the overall condition of the car and things that you need with you to keep your driving and journey safe. And help you in any emergency condition.
Here we are going to look at safety checks that are not only about your car assets and parts, but also about things you should have in your car. These items I use almost all of them in my car, and I always check them regularly.
I highly recommend making this checklist in your car to help you drive more safely. These tips will help you to avoid unnecessary breakdowns and make your journey enjoyable.
I will list the check points to be easier for you, then I will discuss each in details:
- Tire Pressure
- Windscreen Wipers
- Check Oil Level
- Fuel level
- Cooling water level
- Emergency Supplies
- Have a service
- Check for Leaks
- Check Seat belts
- Use a GPS device
- Car cell phone charger
- Updated emergency numbers of your countries.
Its not enough to make your car safe for use, but you need to know how to drive safely. I wrote articles about safe driving:
- How to drive safely in various conditions?
- Defensive driving, tips and rules
- Driving safety rules and tips
Normal working of brakes, steer and grip can only be attained by normal tire pressure which is suitable for all the things.
Tires pressure has great impact on deriving even a slight over or under inflated tire can have big impacts. Make sure to follow the manufacturer instructions about the pressure of your car tires.
Check the wipers of your car before taking it out for a journey. Wipers play a great role in the safety of car and your life. Wipers clean the front windscreen. If you drive in dirty windscreen you may get an accident. Therefore check the wipers of your car and replace them if needed.
Check Oil Level
Oil plays an important role in keeping the engine running in good and smooth condition. If the oil become too much old or its level decreased too much it will greatly harm your engine.
In old cars there is a dipstick which is used to check the oil level of engine. If your car also has a dipstick, check the oil level from it and also the oil condition. In modern cars there is no dipstick, the oil level is shown in the dashboard.
You should check the hand book you received with your car to clearly now about the oil level and conditions.
Safe driving strictly demands for fully functioning lights. Lights are not just used by you to see the road clearly, they are also important at night and in foggy or dusty weather where the visibility is not clear to make your car visible.
In addition to this lights are also used for many driving signals you give to other drivers and to communicate with them safely.
That’s why checking the lights is important. Turn on your car and check your lights by switching them on and off.
If you are checking the safety of your car for starting a long journey then checking the fuel tank before starting is also very important.
Filling up the tank of fuel from the nearest pump will save you from tensions and problems. It will make your journey peaceful.
You should always check the fuel level whether you are going to start a long journey or a small ride.
If you have a hybrid car then make sure that its battery is fully charged before starting the journey..
Check for the things that are required in emergency situations.
- You should take the red-warning triangles with you. If your car stops on the road and you are unable to move then this warning triangle will show your presence to other drivers. It will be safe for you
- Car fire extinguisher should be available and in a good condition every time
- You should take the spare tire with you, and check its air pressure, and some required tools to change the tire if your car get flat in a place where there is no workshop.
- You should take some water, emergency flash light, snacks and clothes with you which can be used if you get stuck in long distances driving.
- Keeping a first aid kit with you is also a good strategy. It is very useful in case of accidents or small injuries.
These safety techniques will help you a lot in your journey.
Have a service
The best way to answer the question of how to check the safety of your car? is by having a service. This will make you satisfy that you have done everything which is required to maintain the safety of your ride.
In modern cars the service reminder sends the notification about service. In case of planning for long journey don’t wait for the notification, just go for service to make you ride ready for long journey safely.
The main points to check in the service center are:
- Oil level and condition.
- Breaks condition and fluid.
- Cooling water level.
- All Lights.
- Air conditioner.
Check for Leaks
Have a deep look of your car and check for puddles or stains under the vehicle. Leaks would be in the brake fluid, antifreeze or transmission fluid. It could be a necessary safety concern to check for leaks. If you notice any leak or you are in doubt about the leak then don’t ignore this and get your car to the service shop.
Steering can also cause problems sometime. If you have the car with electric power or modern steering then you should not need to worry about this but if your car has a traditional steering then its steering may cause problem.
Before starting your journey check if the steering is working properly or not. Traditional steering use fluids in their working which can also leak due to any reason and cause the steering difficult to handle.
You should always check your car’s battery. Keep checking the water level of batteries. Maintaining the water level to its normal level will save your battery from dying sooner
Keep them clean and carbon free. Weather conditions also affect the battery life. If you set your car outside in extreme weather then it could decrease the battery life. If your battery is dead then it will not start your car.
Sometimes you can get stuck at unsafe places and at that time battery failure will cost you a great loss.
Seat belts not only important for driver seat but also for all passengers. Make sure your car has all seat belts, and all of them is working properly.
Use a GPS Device
Using an up to date GPS devise can help you in your driving, specially if you are going to new places that you are not aware of.
Make sure to update offline maps. to be able to use it while there is no internet signals in remote areas.
Car Cell Phone Charger
Cell phones can save the day, so keep a good fast car cell phone charger in your car. Make Sure it’s working properly and fits your phone charging port.
Updated Emergency Numbers of Your Countries
Updated emergency numbers of your countries must be always on your phone or write them on a card and keep them in your car, This can help you in any emergency situation.