If your car has suffered damage in an accident, you may be concerned that it is not safe for your family to use. External damage is often obvious, but you may not be able to see all the damage caused by the collision. These tips can help you determine if your car is safe or you should take it off the road until you can get it scheduled for repair.
Law Enforcement Can Help
If you were involved in a collision, you more than likely contacted local law enforcement in order to obtain a police report which most insurance companies require. The officer is trained to assess damage to a vehicle and determine if it meets the necessary legal standards to drive on area roadways.
They can determine if your headlights, turn signals and brake lights operate properly or if your vehicle is leaking fluid. If the tires or turning mechanisms or damaged, they can determine if you are able to keep control of the car while steering. Police can even determine if minor problems, like keeping the license plate attached, are possible. In most cases, if all safety mechanisms and mechanical features of the car can operate properly, the vehicle will be determined safe to drive.
Danger Signs To Look Out For
If there is smoke coming from your vehicle, it is important to understand that it may not be smoke at all but steam from fluids that are hitting hot areas of the engine. If there is smoke or steam coming from your engine, it is unsafe to drive even a short distance as your view could be obstructed.
Although it may seem like common sense, you should never drive on a flat tire, even if you need to go just around the corner. If the engine is making strange noises or your car pulls sharply to one side when driving, it is not safe on the roads and should be parked until you can get it in for repair.
Never drive a vehicle without tail lights, turn signals, brake lights or headlights. Broken lights may also indicate other issues that you cannot see and the damage could lead to a short that could lead to fire.
Driving After an Accident Checklist
- Make sure your lamps are functioning.
- Check to ensure your mirrors are intact.
- Make sure there is no leaking fluid.
- Be sure your wheels are in proper alignment.
- Make sure your hood is not broken.
If your car has been in a collision, contact Elmer’s Auto Body today to set up an appointment to get your car back on the road as quickly as possible. You can reach them by phone or by filling out the easy form online.