“It’s sad but true, if you drive a car on our streets and highways, sooner or later you are going to get into an accident. No matter how careful you are when you drive, there will always be someone else who is not paying attention or other unforeseen circumstances that will cause that terrible crash or pile-up” (Stewart Guss)
Automobile owners understand that there are inherent dangers in owning an automobile. But did you know exactly how many? According to Fortune.com, 2016 was one of the deadliest years for car accidents; in fact, over 40,000 people lost their lives to car accidents, which is a 14% increase within just two years’ time. So it has become increasingly apparent that your car just might be trying to kill you, and I decided to compile a list of the top 5 ways that, like Christine, your car is trying to kill you.
Every car needs constant maintenance, otherwise, it may just get mad enough to want to kill you. That may sound silly, but the truth is more daunting. If you don’t get your brake fluid changed regularly, it could prevent your car from stopping at a dangerous time, which could land you in a car accident you didn’t foresee.
Yeah, basically, your brakes are what really want you dead. They’re great safety blankets when you need them, but if they aren’t working properly, they could make things even worse for you. Brake pads can get worn down from repeated use, so neglecting to change them can be fatal.
Again, these are supposed to save your life, but unfortunately, air bags can actually make a car wreck even more dangerous. Because they inflate so quickly in order to, you know, catch you, the force of their inflation could cause you harm. Why else would automobile manufacturers not want your kids in the front seats? The impact of the bag on their weaker bodies could be harmful or deadly.
If you are like most people and neglect to change your tires until, you know, they flatten, then you could be in danger of an accident, especially in unfavorable weather. That treading that has become worn down could be what keeps you from water planing and ending up spun out and on the side of the highway. Plus stopping is significantly harder when you don’t have that tread to grip the asphalt.
A good thing to have checked regularly is your tire pressure; something you may not think of regularly could be what separates you from a blowout and potential damage to your car and, subsequently, you.
In today’s world, you can’t get around without a car, but you also don’t want to stress about, you know, your well being. So have your car maintained regularly, and maybe it won’t try to kill you so much, giving you a stress free driving experience!