Keeping Vehicle Safety Components In Excellent Condition Can Prevent Accidents

Most vehicle collisions are caused by operator error of some sort, whether the problem is inattention, fatigue, or poor judgment. Weather is another factor involved in automobile accidents. Sometimes, however, malfunction or catastrophic failure of one of the safety components leads to an accident. It's essential for you, as a safe driver, to keep those components in good working order to prevent these incidents.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that problems with the tires and brakes are involved in many accidents caused by malfunction or wear and tear. 

Worn Tires

Worn tires can cause blowouts and ineffective gripping of the road surface. Blowouts make it very difficult for drivers to maintain control of the vehicle. In addition, tires that don't have adequate traction on asphalt or concrete are prone to sliding in slippery conditions. They also require longer stopping time when you apply the brakes. 


Three main issues with brakes can cause accidents.

Worn brake parts, such as rotors, pads, and discs, prevent fast stops that sometimes are necessary to avoid a collision. For example, worn rotors cause the brake pedal to pulse instead of grab securely. The car slows down instead of stopping.

The antilock brake system prevents the tires from locking up and skidding on slippery roads. A warning light appears on the dashboard when this system malfunctions. The brakes should still work as long as the pavement is dry, but the driver has to pump the pedal to maintain traction in snow or on slick pavement.

Third, hydraulic fluid can leak from worn brake lines. If enough fluid is lost, the brakes will not work at all, and the pedal will just sink to the floor when you push it down. A faulty master cylinder, which holds the fluid, also can cause this to happen. The main symptom of a hydraulic fluid problem is a pedal that feels spongy when pressed instead of having a firm grip.

Preventive Measures

Accidents caused by worn tires and faulty brakes can be prevented by buying replacements and having repair work done as needed.

You can evaluate your tire tread with the coin test. Place a quarter between two rows of tread. George Washington's head should be partly covered. If the entire head is visible, it's time to have the tires replaced.

Do not ignore brake symptoms such as unusual noises or the pedal not gripping the brakes securely. When signs of brake wear arise, bring the vehicle to a garage like Oak Hollow Tire Car Care Center Inc for repairs.