How does your car respond to a traffic accident?

Having a car means great satisfaction, but also responsibility. Believe it or not, many road accidents can be prevented from home. The maintenance of our unit has an important weight in the operation when walking, it could even save your life.

Hence the importance of checking your vehicle before driving. That is, verify that it is in good working order. For example, you don’t need to be an expert to identify if something is wrong with your brakes. Even the review of the tires is visual, so you will notice if there is excessive wear.

Also, as we have described in other articles, it is important to verify that you have all the accessories in case of an accident. That is, spare tire, tool kit and even first aid kit, among other things.

If you have any doubts, we suggest you periodically consult your trusted technician or workshop. He will be in charge of verifying in a deeper way the security elements that your car requires. In addition to this, the responsibility behind the wheel, as in speed control , will be decisive for a safe trip.

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worn car tires

Few pay attention to this aspect. Having tires in good condition is essential to drive safely and avoid a crash. Have you analyzed that they are the only contact of your car with the asphalt? Therefore, the tires give you grip, stability and comfort. A good performance promises you a trip with fewer worries , but if you are one of those who play with worn tires, be careful.

To understand a little how a worn tire influences a mishap, we offer you the following description:

flat tire

When a rim is in good condition, the tire has a considerable amount of rubber and tread. While most people think of it as grip and water evacuation, they also function as resistance. That is, excessive wear causes the cover to be very thin, allowing sharp objects to embed. Therefore, the chances that you will have to change the tire midway increase. The worst, if one of the tires loses air pressure, you will experience instability at the wheel. The above could cause an accident.

tire blowout

This is a more extreme episode than a simple puncture. As described above, a worn tire has less resistance to objects or pavement conditions. Even just hitting a rim could cause the tire to blow out. The picture looks more bleak if we take into account that some roads or streets in Mexico have potholes.

In this way, checking the tires in time could save you from blowing out the tire while driving. In other words, you could even prevent a rollover or serious accident.

Detachment of the tire with the rim

In some cases known as chipped, it is the detachment of the tire with the rim. Although it is not common, if it occurs, the chances of an accident are great. It happens when the outer face of the tire loses the strength to remain adhered to the rim, mainly due to wear. It is worth mentioning that just that side of the tires bears the greatest force when turning, therefore, any crack or bump is a warning sign. If this phenomenon occurs at high speeds, the risk of a rollover is latent.

Glide

It is the most common risk of having tires in poor condition. Due to the loss of rubber and tread or grooves, the car’s grip is diminished. This problem is aggravated when braking, as you will experience an involuntary slip. Even at high speed it will be practically impossible to stop in time if you have a vehicle or object nearby. Therefore, you will experience an imminent collision.

The danger is even greater if there is water involved. If the tire tread is almost gone, it’s easier for you to lose control. In other words, you will be a victim of loss of traction and the car will skid. As a result, you will be exposed to an accident.

worn brakes

There is no more stressful and scary situation in a driver’s life than experiencing brake failure. Even at the first sign of an anomaly, it is best to consult an expert. The fix may be as easy or relatively inexpensive, compared to an accident.

Loss of braking capacity

One of the symptoms of a failure is that you have to press harder on the brake pedal. Excessive brake pad wear will cause uncertainty in the car’s reaction. Therefore, the chance of a crash is increased.

The loss in braking capacity can be caused by various factors. If you notice it, go immediately with a professional to identify the fault. Remember that at ARCA we are always committed to the culture of prevention.

Vibration when braking

You will notice this phenomenon more when you go at high speed, for example, on a highway. It is an involuntary vibration when braking, which could trigger a destabilization at the wheel. In these cases, it is most likely a failure of the brake discs and if you ignore that warning you could regret it later. The combination of a bad disc and therefore abnormal wear on the linings (pads), will result in partial or total loss of braking. Can you imagine what would happen if it shows up on the highway?

hard pedal

In addition to the wear of the pads and discs, keep in mind that the braking system is more complex. Hence there are several symptoms that something is wrong. One of them is when the brake pedal is harder than usual.

If so, the pads may have been stained with grease or brake fluid, causing their reaction to be abnormal. Worse yet, the lack of fluid could prevent the car from stopping in time, so you should be aware of it.

Although there are several more hypotheses that cause this phenomenon, it is best that in the event of the slightest anomaly you go for a review. If you are on the road and notice that something is wrong, the recommendation is to avoid high speeds. Also, locate if there are emergency braking ramps.

Speeding

In addition to being a fact that could lead to fines and legal problems, it is an act of serious irresponsibility. Even one in three traffic-related deaths is due to excessive or inappropriate speed, according to the World Health Organization .

In short, you should know that this factor is one of the main exclusions for the payment of compensation. That is, many of the auto insurance contracts establish that violations of traffic regulations could cancel some coverage of car insurance.

reaction loss

Although there are scenes in the movies where drivers have a large dose of adrenaline, in real life it is not like that. Speeding reduces the time that the driver has before an unforeseen event. In other words, driving skills are lost when trying to dodge or brake in the face of a fortuitous event. Which in turn translates into a fatal risk, both for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

Destabilization

Before going to market, the cars are subjected to resistance limits, including speed, which are specified in the manuals. If you exceed them, you run the risk of deteriorating aspects such as the stability of the vehicle and the driver’s visibility. In any of these situations, the risk of an accident seems imminent.

Braking distance

It is not our intention to talk about physics, but it is important to understand something, the higher the speed, the greater the braking distance. That is, the space a car needs to come to a complete stop before hitting an obstacle. To this factor is also added the driver’s perception time, which translates into distance as well.

On average, a car going 20 miles per hour needs 40 feet of braking distance. At higher speeds this factor is doubled. If a vehicle traveling 96 km per hour, it will take more than 70 meters before coming to a complete stop. Hence, betting on trying to fly through the streets could cost the life of the driver, passengers and other people around.

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