Regular car maintenance is costly and time-consuming, which may lead you to delay or skip essential tasks. Moreover, cars seem to work just fine without it, fostering complacency. However, neglecting to check on your car may mask underlying issues or allow existing problems to worsen over time. As the car’s performance degrades, your risk of causing an accident may increase.
Delaying car maintenance can degrade its performance
Being a driver comes with many responsibilities. Apart from ensuring that you follow traffic rules and avoid distractions, you also need to keep your car in optimal condition. Lack of car maintenance may impair its performance over time and cause unexpected breakdowns.
As you continue to use your car, its critical components, such as the tires, brakes, engine or steering system may wear down. Putting off maintenance may cause you to unknowingly ignore issues that contribute to the decreased lifespan of your car.
Failing to service your vehicle may result in the following:
- Significant engine damage due to oil buildup or undue pressure
- Tire blowout from frequent driving and improper inflation
- Overall reduced efficiency from ignoring tune-ups
- Visibility issues due to lack of washer fluid or broken windshield wipers
Experiencing car troubles, especially when you’re in the middle of traffic or a long drive is not just inconvenient, but downright hazardous.
Skipping car maintenance contributes to accidents
Although dangerous, a malfunctioning car may leave you no choice but to stop or break abruptly. However, the driver behind you may not have enough time to react and collide with your vehicle.
In the worst-case scenario, you may lose control of the vehicle and crash into someone else. For instance, a tire blowout can slow down your vehicle and pull it to one side. Such a sudden issue could trigger a state of panic, possibly resulting in the loss of control over the vehicle.
As a driver, one of your primary responsibilities includes ensuring that your car is in optimal condition. If your failure to maintain your car leads to the injury or loss of life of another person, you may be held liable for the resulting damages.
Servicing your car regularly is tedious but it can serve as a preventative measure against dangerous scenarios. Moreover, it ultimately helps improve road safety for you and other motorists.