Vehicle Safety is Your Responsibility

You are a responsible for the proper upkeep and maintenance of your vehicle.  If an accident is caused due to your car not being in good repair, you may be held liable.  For example, if the brakes on your vehicle are not functioning properly and you can not stop, the damage that is caused by hitting another vehicle or to property may be your responsibility.

October is car care month.  Here is a list of items you should be checking to make sure your vehicle is operating at optimum performance and safety.

  • Your tires for air and make sure the treads are within manufacturer specs to provide traction on slippery roads. Bald or under inflated tires can be very dangerous.
  • Check all fluids. Vehicle fluids may need to be adjusted in accordance with the time of year.  For example, in cold weather, internal fluids that are not properly treated may freeze.
  • Check windshield wipers and wiper fluid. Good visibility is your responsibility as the vehicle operator.
  • Make sure your battery is charged, especially if it is over 3 years old.
  • Check the brakes and brake pads.
  • Ensure seat belts are working properly

As winter approaches, to give yourself enough time to warm up your car before driving.  This helps the fluids work their way through your car’s systems to help your vehicle operate safely.

If you, as the owner of the vehicle, knew or should have known about a maintenance problem, you can be held liable for any accident that results of that lack of maintenance.