Maintaining Your Vehicle

To avoid truck and car accidents, vehicle maintenance is crucial; this is done through regular tune ups, and adhering to legal vehicle safety requirements. Through taking a truck or car in for basic and crucial maintenance, mechanics can catch things the driver may not. The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and Regulations require that every truck and car meet the minimum safety requirements to minimize crashes. If any of the federal regulations are broken it can cause a truck and car accident.

Basic Maintenance

The basic truck maintenance requirements include oil changes, tire rotations, tire pressure, tire tread, and maintaining the battery. Keeping the tractor trailer tires maintained through correct tire pressure and tire tread will increase friction, decreasing accidents. Vehicle maintenance lowers the likelihood of a crash and should be completed to avoid a car and truck accident.

Important parts of a vehicle to keep up to date:

  • Belts and hoses
  • Braking system
  • Emission system
  • Engine and its cooling system
  • Exhaust system
  • Filter and fluids
  • Lights and windshield wipers
  • Starter and the battery
  • Fuel system
  • Transmission
  • Steering and suspension

Paying attention to the list of important vehicle parts above is the first step to maintaining a vehicle. The dashboard lights on a car or truck are there to inform the driver of a malfunction. When a maintenance issue is neglected, it can lead to a truck and car crash. To see more detailed information on the parts of a vehicle go here:

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and Regulations

The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and Regulations have documented the specific legal safety requirements of a motor vehicle. This document includes all the systems listed under “Important Parts.” Other safety requirements like properly working safety belts and airbags are also a part of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Safety belts are reported by AAA to save as many as 12 thousand lives a year. The post crash standards for vehicles, which include the flammability of interior materials, compressed natural gas fuel container integrity, and fuel systems integrity, are another significant aspect of truck and car maintenance.


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