So you are driving along, focused on the road with your eyes in front when all of a sudden the car ahead of you brakes suddenly. You do the same and narrowly avoid a rear-end collision. However, you suddenly feel a violent jolt behind your head as a book that was resting behind the rear seats suddenly comes flying into the forward passenger compartment.
You failed to observe of the simplest and yet most overlooked tips to make your vehicle safer.
“Remove anything that is not tied down or built into the car”, says a service technician at Zimmer Wheaton GMC.
Regardless of the size of the object, its weight increases by a factor of 30 if it is projected at 60 km/h, the average speed of most vehicles cruising along. If it’s a Kleenex, you are probably safe. On the other hand, if it’s a box of some sort, or a book, or anything that is somewhat heavy, you may be in for a headache or worst, a serious injury if it begins to fly around the cockpit.
Another simple rule of safety, make sure your headlights are clean and in good condition. That means washing the interior of the headlight every now and then, and replacing burnt bulbs. You also want to make sure your wiper blades are in good shape and adapted to the season. You also may want to take along an extra container of windshield washer fluid, as you never know when you will run out. That’s especially true in winter when the windshield tends to get quite dirty.
Finally, it’s never a bad idea to have a first-aid kit in the vehicle. You will want all the usual elements to treat injuries and such, but you also want to have a kit for accidents and unexpected events which includes warning triangles, a tire repair kit, and warm clothing.
These few tips greatly enhanced the safety of your vehicle and its occupants, and they are certainly easy to implement.