There are a number of things that you can to do stay safe when you're driving. Read on to find out what these things are.
Take good care of your vehicle's brakes
If your brakes fail at a critical moment (for example, in a situation where you need to abruptly stop in order to avoid colliding with another vehicle), you and other road users could end up being seriously injured.
As such, if you want to reduce your chances of being involved in a road accident, it is vital to take good care of your car's brakes.
The best way to do this is to make sure that you have your mechanic replace the brake pads as soon as you begin to hear the screeching noise that indicates that your current pads are worn out.
Failing to replace worn-out brake pads can eventually result in other components of the brake system being damaged. This is because these pads serve as a buffer which prevents the brake callipers from striking the rotors. When the pads wear out, the callipers and the rotors will rub against one another. This can lead to both of these components being badly abraded.
If the callipers and rotors sustain damage, the entire brake system's performance will be negatively affected. In this situation, you could notice a drastic increase in your stopping distances which could, in turn, increase the likelihood of your vehicle striking another road user.
Check your tyres' tread depths regularly
Your car's tyres contain 'treads' (or grooves) which are designed to provide traction. It is this traction that helps to prevent your vehicle from spinning out of control when you drive over puddles, ice, patches of oil or other slippery substances during a road journey.
If your tyres' tread depths become too low, the tyres will not be able to grip the road surface. This could make it difficult for you to remain in control of your car when driving during periods of wet or icy weather.
As such, it is important to check the tread depth of each of your vehicle's tyres on a regular basis. The best way to do this is to use a tread depth gauge. This type of gauge is inexpensive and can be purchased online or from most car accessory shops.
When one of your tyres reaches a depth which the gauge indicates is dangerously low, you should replace the tyre immediately. Do not attempt to drive on a tyre with an extremely shallow tread depth, as in addition to being extremely dangerous, it is also illegal.