3 Tips for a Safe Vehicle
Arrive Alive in a Safe Vehicle
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we have one goal: to provide you with a safe vehicle after your accident. We use top-of-the-line equipment to check everything on your car, and if something isn’t working properly, then we fix it so it is. You don’t have to worry about getting an unsafe vehicle back from us after we have worked on it.
But what about when you haven’t been in a collision? Most people don’t need to bring their car to an auto body shop, and haven’t had all of their systems checked. Here are 3 ways that you can ensure your vehicle is a safe vehicle.
Keep in Clean
The easiest way to ensure that your vehicle remains safe is to keep it clean. It sounds too simple to be true, but a clean vehicle is easier to operate, will last longer, and ultimately is safer than one that has been neglected.
Think about your windshield. When is the last time you removed the build up from the inside? If you smoke in the vehicle there is likely a layer of film across it impairing your vision. If you don’t smoke, that layer of film is still there (although not as dark, nor as thick). Use a high quality auto glass cleaner, and clean the windows inside your car at least once every month. It’s worth $5 for cleaner (or check out this page for an easy way to make a homemade window cleaner).
Is there garbage in your car? Do you put things on the floor while you drive? There have been a number of accidents that have been caused because garbage or other items roll under the brake pedal. What would you do if you couldn’t stop? Even if you don’t want to take the time to vacuum the interior of the car, take the time to clean out the clutter! Besides that, if you are in a rollover accident, everything not fastened down becomes a projectile missile.
Dirt on the inside and the outside of your vehicle cause wear and tear. When the components wear out (often unseen) they won’t work when you go to use them next! Keeping your car clean will help prevent an accident due to things not working when they should.
Now if only there were somewhere in Billings that offered auto detailing services for $175…
Perform Regular Maintenance
Most people wouldn’t think about going a month without showering and brushing their teeth. But when it comes to their vehicle, they skip the ongoing maintenance!
Did you know that if you don’t change the oil in your car, the engine can seize up (that means completely stop functioning)? What if that happens to you on the interstate, or a back highway with nobody around? Not to mention that it’s going to cost thousands of dollars to rebuild the engine.
Did you know that problems with the tires cause a significant portion of the wrecks seen on US roads every year? It can be due to under-inflated tires, blown tires, worn tires that slip and slide on the rain, snow, and ice, and other problems. If you’re zipping along at 65 mph or higher, a blown tire would likely mean you go off the road. Don’t skip the regular rotate and balance, and definitely replace those worn out tires!
Regular maintenance doesn’t cost a whole lot. An oil change is only about $30-$50, and the rest of what you need to do shouldn’t even be that much. Replace windshield washer fluid, make sure that you don’t have any worn out parts, and keep everything working, and you will be sure to avoid a serious accident.
Don’t Skip the Tune Up!
Aside from regular maintenance, vehicles need regular tune ups. Fortunately these are further apart, but they do require a mechanic. You can do some of the tune up yourself; however most people would be best served to use a professional.
Your tune up will look over the entire vehicle, and replace anything that is worn. Most of the time you don’t need one until you hit about 60,000 miles; and then it’s every 30,000-60,000 after that (all vehicles are different, consult your mechanic or owner’s manual for details on your car). Your tune up will take a look at the following (and more):
Spark Plugs – These little guys make the difference between a quick start, and sitting there cranking.
All Fluids and Grease – Your vehicle needs fluids to survive. Transmission fluid, greases, radiator fluids, oils, waters, washers, and more.
Timing Belt – If you’re not a car person, you have no idea what a timing belt is. But if it breaks, your car doesn’t run.
Brakes – Stopping without brakes is hard to do.
Exhaust System – The exhaust system actually does a lot to help your vehicle run properly; it’s not just expelling burned fuel exhaust.
Axle System – What would you do if your axle broke on the highway?
More – Getting under the vehicle and checking all aspects finds anything that may be damaged, weak, worn, or broken.
Most people will take 4 to 5 years to get to the point where they need a tune up. It’s well worth the few hundred dollars that it costs to ensure that your vehicle isn’t going to break down in the middle of nowhere.
Big Sky Collision Center Gets the Wrinkles Out
Accidents happen even when our vehicles are fully maintained. Big Sky Collision Center knows this, and that’s why we take care of your dented, dinged, and broken vehicles. Whether it was your fault, someone else’s fault, or an animal’s fault, we can restore your vehicle to like-new condition, and ensure that it passes all of our safety checks.
If you’re looking for an auto body company in Billings, you’ve come to the right place! Give us a call at 406-259-6328 for more information.