Poorly Maintained Vehicles Can Cause Accidents

A recent Consumer Reports survey reveals some shockingly scary statistics one of which inspired this post:

40% of drivers are postponing car maintenance or repairs on their primary vehicle, with drivers age 18 to 34 most likely to delay work on safety-critical wear items, such as brake pads or tires.

Some of these Safety-Critical Wear Items to Be Aware of:

  • Brakes
  • Tire Tread
  • Antifreeze levels
  • Wiper Blades


While your first instinct to hearing squeaky brakes maybe be to blame it on the rain more often than not they are telling you that the brake pads are ready to be replaced.  Now if while you hit the brakes you hear a grinding noise that is a sign of a much more serious problem. Both of which should not be ignored.  We recommend stopping by and having one of our certified technicians immediately inspect them to prevent more damage and higher repair costs.

Tire Tread

Adequate tire tread is essential because it is pivotal for maintaining control of your vehicle especially when you are dealing with wet or icy pavement.  For the longest time Lincoln was the go to man for ensuring your tire tread is up to par.  But, we are here to tell you that Washington is the new Lincoln. You should forgo the traditional penny and do a tire tread test with a quarter. If you can see the top of the general’s head, it’s time for a new set of tires.

Antifreeze Levels

Antifreeze maybe something that is a little less apparent to the average driver, but just as important. Antifreeze is an essential part of a vehicle’s cooling system and should contain a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze. In the summer antifreeze is extremely important due to the fact that it keeps you vehicle from over heating in high temperatures. It has a higher boiling point than water so it does not evaporate as quickly as water. You can come by and have one of our certified technicians check the levels to ensure that your vehicle is prepared for the hot days ahead of us and they can also recommend when a flush is needed.

Wiper Blades

Visibility is critical. Wiper blades should be changed whenever the oil is changed, with fluid reservoirs checked once a month.

All of these safety-critical wear items are part of our multi-point inspections, which are always free with any service.  The multi-point inspections are truly vital to vehicle function and safety.

Multi-point Inspection Free with Any Service

Stop by or call us (301)419-2700 to learn more.

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