Driving is the most dangerous thing we do most days, and most people do it a lot! Driving introduces many hazards and judgment calls which can threaten your safety and well being. The Utah Injury Lawyers see it every day as we help those who have been injured in a car accident, truck accident, or other automobile episode resulting in harm or death. You are at risk every time you sit down in a car, whether as a driver or a passenger or if you’re on quiet backroads or your state’s biggest freeway.

There are ways you can minimize your risk as you drive or ride along on the roads, and there are safety features designed to help you enjoy your drive and decrease the negative consequences of a collision. Are you fully aware of the safety features in your car? Are they in working condition and adjusted to fit you? Today we’re sharing these safety features to help keep you protected.

5 Safety Features of Your Car

1. Seatbelts

You are not surprised to see this listed first on our list of safety features in your car. Seatbelts weren’t always a feature of automobiles, though. They have since been designed and implemented to help restrain drivers and passengers inside a vehicle. They keep humans from going through windows and windshields, smashing into the dashboard, or crashing around inside the cabin. Be certain that your seatbelts aren’t twisted, or worse – unused. Wear your seatbelts every time, no matter what.

2. Lights

The lights of your vehicle help you to see better, but they also make it easier for other drivers to see you. Use your lights, even in daytime hours, and be sure to always use your blinker. It could help notify other drivers, and make you more aware of your surroundings, too.

3. Brakes

It’s critical that your brakes are in proper working order to keep you safe and in control of your vehicle. If your brakes are screeching, humming, bouncing, or otherwise struggling then it’s time to get them rapidly fixed. Give ample time to brake especially when there are adverse weather conditions.

4. Your Insurance Card

Ok, this isn’t technically a safety feature of your car so much as a safety feature you should keep in your car. Purchasing and maintaining the proper level of insurance coverage for your car and family members is critical to keeping you safe. Regularly review what your insurance policy covers, and understand exactly what you should do in the event of an accident.

5. Mirrors & Windshields

Without proper visibility, you become increasingly more unsafe driving on the road. Be sure that your mirrors are clean and clear, replacing them if need be. Repair chips in your windshield, and be sure to completely remove all snow from your windows before driving in the winter months. If your windshield wipers are no match for the spring rain, it’s time to replace the wiper blades.

By keeping your car in proper working condition, you should be safe and protected on the roads. But if you do find yourself the unfortunate party in a car accident don’t hesitate to call Flickinger, Sutterfield, and Boulton.