Preventing Accidents Caused by Poor Car Maintenance: Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, Atlanta car wreck injury lawyer Shane Smith discussed the parts of a car that require maintenance. In Part two, Shane Smith suggests an easy car maintenance schedule. Just add the schedule to your calendar or planner.

On a set day each month:

  • Check your oil level. Add oil if it is low and check for any leaks.
  • Check your antifreeze or coolant level. Add more if the level is low.
  • Look at your hoses and belts. If anything looks worn, frayed, rotten, or brittle, get it replaced.
  • Check your air filter and replace it if it is dirty.
  • Inspect your tires for uneven wear, damage, bulges, and leaks. Check your tire pressure.

Every three months:

  • Get your oil changed (about every 3,000 miles)
  • Refill the windshield washer fluid
  • Check your battery fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and transmission fluid. Add fluid if the levels are low.
  • Visually inspect your battery terminals and cables, and clean them if they are corroded.

Twice a year:

  • Check your wiper blades and replace them if they are worn.
  • Check your spare tire to make sure it is fully inflated.
  • Make sure your headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and horn work properly.
  • Have your brakes inspected for wear.
  • Check your exhaust for rust and other damage.

Once a year:

  • Replace your fuel filter.

Simple car maintenance can prevent deadly Atlanta auto accidents. No one should suffer for the negligence of other drivers. If you have been injured in an Atlanta car crash caused by inadequate vehicle maintenance, contact Shane Smith Law at (980) 246-2656