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Car Safety Inspections You Can Perform at Home

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Car Safety Inspections You Can Perform at Home

Most car safety inspections in Canada are performed every 1 – 2 years. Keep in mind that just because you have a sticker on your windshield doesn’t mean that your car is always as ready to go as you are. Here are six safety inspections you can perform on your own to ensure that your vehicle is as safe as can be:

  1. Lights
    Turn on your lights and make sure both are working as they should. Then, put the blinker on and quickly check to ensure that it is working as expected. Do this for both sides, without locking yourself out (but if you do, we know someone you can call!) If you have someone with you, have them press the brake pedal or check the brake lights. If all lights are working as expected you’re good to go.
  2. Oil
    Checking the oil levels in your vehicle is very easy and very important since running an engine without will cause the engine to seize. Ensure not only that your oil level is sufficient, but also that the colour is clear and fluid and not dark and thick.
  3. Horn
    This one’s easy… honk it… did it HONK? If not, you should have it looked at by a professional.
  4. Tires
    Check your tire pressure on a regular basis. Even if your tires look fine they may be low on air and not only less safe, but also less efficient. While you’re at it, check the pressure in your spare tire too. Also, check the treads and ensure that they are still deep enough to perform as expected. Check that there are no cuts, blisters or cracks in your tires.
  5. Windshield Fluid
    Ensure that there is plenty of windshield fluid in your vehicle, especially during the winter months when there’s salt and ice to contend with.
  6. Car Safety Kit
    If you’ve recently removed an item from your car safety kit, ensure that you replace it. If you keep non-perishable foods, check the expiration dates. Also make sure that you have items that are specific to the season that you might not keep all year round.

Remember, you can never be too safe when it comes to the road.