You may be a bit lax when it comes to car maintenance such as oil changes, tire rotations and the like. No matter how diligent you may or may not be about regularly servicing your vehicle, your efforts can help keep you safe from avoidable auto accidents. 

Gebhardt Insurance Group breaks down maintenance tips that keep you safe while behind the wheel. See which components of your vehicle deserve the most attention. 

Lights 

If you brake but cars behind you do not know it because you have malfunctioning brake lights, they may ram into you. Broken headlights make it hard for other vehicles to see you at night and in foggy conditions, which may also trigger an accident. Occasionally test your lights, making sure that you take care of busted bulbs. 

Tires 

When your tires have the right amount of pressure in them, they have a better grip on the road and can bring your vehicle to a stop faster and more efficiently. Seasonal temperatures make a sizable impact on your tire pressure, so check your pressure at least once a month. Also, regularly rotate your tires so that they all have the same wear. 

Brakes 

Driving with working brakes is vital to remaining safe. If you hear your brakes squeal or feel them vibrate, have them looked at ASAP. 

Battery  

Your car battery does more than start your car, it also powers your vehicle’s onboard computers. Poorly operating batteries could lead to improper operation, which could lead to an accident. Have auto technicians test your car battery whenever it is time for an oil change or tire rotation. 

Despite maintaining your car, you may still find yourself involved in an accident at the hands of a negligent driver. If so, contact a legal advocate to explore your legal options and protect your rights.