If you haven’t been involved in an automobile accident, you’re fortunate. Automobile accidents happen every day. In the United States, more than five million occur each year. It’s best to be prepared in case you become a statistic.
While Texans rarely battle snow or ice in the winter, the unpredictable Texas spring weather can cause problems. Wet roads can be as dangerous as icy roads. The combination of a slippery surface and bad visibility creates adverse driving conditions. So it’s important to know how to drive in heavy rain or hail.
Once the dust has settled after a car accident, what do most drivers do? They call their insurance company so they can get their vehicle repaired. If you need auto repair after an accident, it’s smart to do your own research and choose who will repair your vehicle rather than following your insurer’s recommendation.
When you go to any repair shop, you’ll likely see acronyms related to vehicle parts, repair procedures and the shop’s credentials. As a consumer, you don't need to worry about most of these abbreviations, but there’s one you should always look for: ASE. ASE stands for Automotive Service Excellence. It’s important to use an auto repair shop that has ASE certified technicians because you can trust they’re up-to-date on the latest vehicle technologies.
You’ve undoubtedly seen the ominous warning signs on Texas roadways: Slippery when wet. If you’re smart, when you see these signs and it’s raining, snowing, drizzling or foggy outside, you automatically reduce your speed and pay closer attention to your driving. But have you ever asked yourself, “Why do Texas roads get slippery when it rains?” After all, asphalt is a coarse material.
Many drivers believe that if they drive infrequently, their vehicle’s parts will last longer and require less frequent service. For some vehicle components, that’s true. Interior and exterior lights, for example, typically don’t fail if they’re not used. However, other vehicle components will wear out even if you keep your car parked most of the time. Read on for concrete examples illustrating why it’s important to have all parts of your car routinely checked.
Even drivers who know very little about the inner workings of their vehicles usually know the basics of preventive maintenance. They know their oil should be replaced regularly, their tires should be inflated to the correct pressure and they should heed any warning lights that illuminate on their dashboards to alert them of potential problems. Beyond that cursory knowledge, many drivers have an “if it isn't broke, don’t fix it” mentality about their cars. Sooner or later, these drivers usually find out the hard way why that’s not always a smart mindset. One small and inexpensive item that ranks high on the neglected car-care list are the air filters.