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5 Point Car Safety Checklist



Our expert mechanics advise that having a car safety checklist can be a vital teaching tool for new drivers AND experienced drivers! It’s essential to understand the proper functioning of the systems that keep drivers and passengers safe when operating a vehicle. Here is a comprehensive car safety checklist that should be performed any time a motorist is encountered with a vehicle that is new to them. It's also a good idea to perform on your own vehicle four times a year.

Lights and Signals:

A basic check of the lights and signals on the vehicle should be performed before driving. This should include the correct working condition of blinkers and hazard flashers in the front and rear, rear reverse lights, parking and side marker lights. Don’t forget the high and low beams! 


Tire Tread:

Remember that the tires are what hold the vehicle on the road so they are vital to passenger safety. First check the condition of the tires’ sidewalls looking for nicks and bulges. Also, check the proper depth of the tread. Be certain that you check tread depth on several places across the width of each tire to make sure the tread is wearing evenly. A poorly aligned tire could have tread that looks perfectly fine on one side of the tire and tread that is dangerously low on the other. Finally, check tire pressure to ensure proper inflation and adjust air pressure as needed. 

Brake System Check:

Your braking system is without a doubt the most important safety system. The braking system should be checked thoroughly including the emergency brake. The most basic check of the braking system is to pump the brakes with the engine off several times until the pedal becomes firm. You should be able to keep solid pressure on the brake pedal for at least 10 seconds without any movement. If the pedal feels soft or there is excessive movement, that could be a sign of trouble. There could be a low amount of brake fluid in your lines which could results in a loss of brakes. 

Fluid Levels: 

Ensuring that all the systems on the vehicle have been filled to their proper fluid levels is essential. This will help reduce the likelihood of a mechanical problem becoming a safety issue. Check ALL fluid levels including engine oil, brake fluid, engine coolant, power steering fluid, and transmission fluid. 

Electrical Components: 

Check the instrument panel on your dashboard to make sure there are no warning lights illuminated that may indicate a problem (check engine, SNS, tire pressure etc). Check that the dash and accessory lights work properly and check the horn.  Finally, check for smooth operation of the seat belts and buckles. 

Our professional mechanics in West Hartford, Connecticut suggest that you follow these 5 steps in order to ensure your safety in all vehicles. If you feel unsure about your vehicle safety give the International Auto Service Center a call at (860) 953-1675 or email us at customerservice@iascct.com for an appointment today!  

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