BETHESDA, MD · Sept. 6, 2018
Many drivers may feel that they don't have the time or money to address vehicle repairs immediately. However, beware that ignoring some repairs can get you pulled over and even ticketed, says the Car Care Council.
"Ignoring certain vehicle repairs may seem to save money in the short term but can lead to extra costs. These costs can be fines or 'fix-it' tickets if these problems are not taken care of when they arise," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "In some jurisdictions, car owners may even lose their license for certain violations. A few dollars spent on simple vehicle repairs can help avoid trouble with the law."
While a vehicle is in operation, traffic laws require that certain equipment is properly installed and functioning correctly, including brakes, headlights, turn signals, mirrors, windshields and safety belts, to name a few.
The Car Care Council recommends that drivers address these repairs right away as they present public safety concerns that can earn drivers a traffic ticket on top of a repair bill.
Many states also require periodic vehicle safety inspections. For an overview by state, visit Safety Inspection - AAA Digest of Motor Laws at https://drivinglaws.aaa.com/tag/safety-inspection.
BETHESDA, MD · Aug. 1, 2018
A properly operating brake system is critical to safe vehicle operation and control under a variety of conditions. "When it comes to vehicle safety, the brake system is at the top of the list," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Motorists can put a stop to any potential brake system problems by recognizing the signs and symptoms that their brake system may need maintenance or repair."
Brakes are a normal wear item for any car and eventually they're going to need to be replaced. If your car is pulling to the left or right, or if you hear odd noises when you apply the brakes, you should inspect your brakes. Other warning signs include an illuminated brake warning light, brake grabbing, low pedal feel, vibration, hard pedal feel and squealing.
For routine maintenance, check your vehicle's braking system at least once a year. A thorough inspection should include:
Several factors that affect brake wear include driving habits, operating conditions, vehicle type and the quality of the brake lining material.
Never put off routine brake inspections or any needed repair, such as letting the brakes get to the "metal-to-metal" point, which can be potentially dangerous and lead to a more costly repair bill.