Using Your Senses to Prevent Breakdowns and Accidents

Most vehicle breakdowns and traffic accidents can be prevented. What is the most powerful prevention tool? The human senses. Taking a few moments to look after your vehicle and staying on high alert on the road can keep you safe from breakdowns and accidents.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that each year, consumers spend a total of $5 billion on vehicle accidents caused by mechanical failure. Besides the cost, there’s another downside to breakdowns – they’re dangerous. An engine problem while driving can cause an accident or leave you stuck on the side of a hazardous road.

Your senses can tell you a lot about the condition of your vehicle’s engine systems and parts. Following these guidelines may enable you to prevent a dangerous breakdown by catching potential problems early.


Take a look in, around, and under your vehicle:

  • Make sure that brake lights, turn signals, headlights, and rear lights are working properly. Also check the inside dashboard lights, the dome light, and the glove box light.
  • Look at the top and side of the battery. If you see a build-up of dirt, clean it with a rag. A dirty battery can drain a few amps of electricity.
  • Check belts on the inside for cracks. If cracks are deep, the belt may be in danger of breaking soon and should be replaced.

Jiffy Lube of Indiana is here to help keep your car safe and on the road. Just stop on by your nearest Jiffy Lube center and a qualified technician will give your vehicle the preventative maintenance it needs.

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