Most people want to save money in every way possible. However, vehicle maintenance is one expense that you cannot afford to cut.

Regular maintenance is essential for preventing accidents. A driver who causes a wreck due to a lack of vehicle maintenance may be liable for damages.

If you are on a tight budget, you can save money by performing maintenance without the help of a mechanic. These four tasks are particularly easy:

  1. Replacing air filters;
  2. Replacing worn windshield wipers;
  3. Checking your car battery;
  4. And replacing headlight bulbs.

Unfortunately, not all drivers are proactive about vehicle safety. If you were injured by a negligent motorist, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, time off work and noneconomic damages.

If the crash happened in Louisiana, contact a Baton Rouge personal-injury attorney from Morris Bart, LLC. Our legal team will talk to witnesses, gather evidence and aggressively fight for the maximum settlement on your behalf. Schedule a free initial consultation today by calling 800-537-8185.

Let’s take a closer look at four vehicle maintenance tasks you can do without the help of a mechanic:

  1. Replacing Air Filters

According to Car Talk, if you can hang pictures around your house, then you can change your vehicle’s air filters. However, if you neglect to replace your air filters, they will clog up and affect the performance of the engine. Over time, this could lead to a breakdown in a precarious location – such as on the side of a busy highway.

  1. Replacing Worn Windshield Wipers

It’s easy to overlook the importance of windshield wipers, but worn blades will increase your risk of crashing in adverse weather. CNN Money reminds drivers that replacing wiper blades is a simple task that takes only about 10 minutes.

Just pull the wiper away from the glass, press the small tab, and slide the blade off the arm. Note how the old blade came off the arm, and reverse the procedure with the new blade.

  1. Checking Your Car Battery

Check that your car battery is in good condition by looking for frayed wires and corrosion. Remove the cables from your battery, starting with the negative terminal, and clean the ports using a wire brush and corrosion-removal fluid. Do the same for the terminals.

Rinse the cleaning fluid with water and a dry rag, and reconnect the battery starting with the positive terminal.

  1. Replacing Headlight Bulbs

This is a simple task that should not take more than a few minutes. AutoZone provides a comprehensive guide for removing and replacing a vehicle’s headlight bulbs.

Unfortunately, even the safest drivers cannot control the actions of other motorists. If you were injured by another person’s negligence in Louisiana, contact a Baton Rouge accident lawyer from Morris Bart, LLC.

We will give your case the individual attention that it deserves. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free initial consultation.

September 13, 2016 | Categories: Safety Tips |