Car crashes are frightening, and they are usually caused by the negligence of one or more of the drivers. In worse situations, the crash could be caused by a mechanical failure of the car. There are five major things on the car that can fail that can end up causing a crash.
Brakes: Brakes are the most common part of the car that fails, and that can cause accidents. As time goes on, brake pads continually wear down. Some drivers don’t have this fixed soon enough, and their brakes ultimately fail. Being unable to stop is very dangerous, and it can be almost impossible to avoid an accident. Also, occasionally ABS brake systems fail, which can keep a driver from successfully stopping the car.
Tires: Another part of the car that needs to be properly maintained are the tires. If they become worn down they can blow out, and that can lead to losing control of the car and having an accident. The tread of the tires is important to keeping traction on the road, and if it has worn down too much it can be dangerous. When there is ice or snow on the roads it can get even harder for the tires to grip the road. Combining that with issues with the tires can cause a lot of problems.
Wipers: Wipers that aren’t working correctly can cause accidents as well. When it is snowing or raining, if the wipers aren’t working it can be impossible to see the road. That can lead to an accident caused by the driver being completely unable to see. In some cases, the motors controlling the wipers can simply malfunction, and that can keep the wipers from moving. In some cases, this can happen due to very heavy snow and can stop the wipers very suddenly. That can take drivers by surprise, and that can lead to a high incidence of accidents.
Head Lights: Head lights and tail lights are important to be able to see well enough to avoid an accident. Given that a large number of accidents happen at night, if these lights stop working it can make seeing the car very difficult. Even if the lights are dim, it can be hard to see brake lights or turn signals. That can end up being very dangerous, and make it hard to see this car on the road. Frequently check up on the functionality of the lights to avoid having an accident because the lights aren’t working.
Steering: Problems related to steering can cause many accidents. This is a complicated piece of the car, and there are many pieces within it that can malfunction. These pieces also become worn down over time, and that can lead to the entire steering system failing. When there is no control over steering the car, that can lead to some of the most dangerous accidents.
We want you to be safe on the road and that’s why we offer our customers these helpful tips. Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA has a highly experienced, I-CAR trained repair crew that knows how to return your damaged vehicle back to its pre-accident condition each and every time.