Theoretically, a car should be an absolute deathtrap! A chunk of metal, controlled with a plastic driving wheel, relying on hunks of rubber to keep it tied down to the road. That’s not to mention the other cars on the road, speeding alongside it.

In reality, driving is an extremely safe part of our lives. Accidents do happen, and the road should never be taken for granted, and drivers should always be cautious. However, for the most part – driving a car is safe.

However, we shouldn’t take safety for granted when we drive. That can lead us into a bad place in our driving, and our health if an accident is to occur on the open road. Part of being a driver is about being responsible, not just for our driving, but for our safety in the car, our passenger’s safety in the car, and the safety of everyone in the road – be they another driver or a pedestrian. If we own a car, it’s worth asking: what can be done to make that car safer?

Well, a lot of it will come down to your driving – but as long as you are cautious and obey the laws of the road while staying vigilant, you’ll avoid causing issues.

A lot of car safety also hinges on what you can do to a car to keep it not only on the road, but also to add safety features. Some incredible safety features for cars are available in new models – and some will even become required by the law! However, we don’t all have the money to splash on a new, yet safer car. We can easily find aftermarket kits that can be installed and ensure we can fit safety measures like reverse cameras – to make our driving experience that much safer.

One of the biggest things we can do to ensure our car’s safety is to ensure that it is operational when it is on the road. This means fixing any issues that could affect our driving ability, or our car’s ability to drive. Seeking windshield auto repair when we have cracks in the window, and changing tires when they are worn can keep our car in good condition on the road, and help us drive the car itself!

This also means testing our car – a good checkup at the engineer or mechanic can highlight operational issues in a car. You’ll see major issues like tire problems and windscreen issues, but under the hood might be an unknown world to you – and your engine might be a few miles from blowing! Dangerous situations could be seconds away, and without a checkup, you’ll be none the wiser. Pay attention to the sounds and workings of your car – if it seems like it is overheating, or if the brakes are starting to squeak, that could affect plenty of safety measures. Get these issues repaired and sorted as fast as you possibly can.

You need a safe car to drive on the road, so part of your job is to seek as many ways as you can to ensure you can make your car one of the safest on the road.

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Emily Muelford

Emily is a British writer whose love of car culture is augmented by a fascination with both the European and American automotive markets. Her perspective is uniquely fish and chips.

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