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Spring-Cleaning – How a Tidy Car Keeps You Safe

Spring-cleaning can be a very satisfying task. It’s empowering to purge ourselves of items we don’t need and to deep clean the parts of our homes we avoided all winter long. However, many of us often forget to thoroughly clean our vehicles as often as we should.

As it turns out, keeping our car clean not only feels and looks good, it also helps reduce the likelihood of a car accident.

As you clean, look out for these items in particular:

  • Flying objects: Heavy, loose items like sporting equipment, tools and even pets that are not properly secured can become dangerous projectiles in the event of an accident, or if you must stop abruptly.
     
  • Stray bottles: While not very heavy, cylindrical items like bottles and cans can be very dangerous when left to roll around. Loose bottles can quickly become lodged under your gas or brake pedal, inhibiting your ability to control the vehicle. Attempting to grab dropped or loose items on the floor is also distracting, and leaves you nine times more likely to cause an accident.
     
  • A dirty windshield: A dirty or streaky windshield can significantly decrease your visibility. Grime on your interior windshield and windows makes it much harder to see when facing bright sunlight or headlights. It’s just as important to clean interior windows as it is to clean the outer ones.  
     
  • Salty car parts: The salt used to melt ice on roadways can cause issues for your vehicle that could be easily avoided by washing the undercarriage during winter months. Salt tends to contribute to rust that can cause hydraulic brake system leaks, damage the vehicle’s frame and other issues. If you didn’t keep up during the winter, now is the time to clean salt from the undercarriage.

When you need to focus all your energy and attention on the road, it helps not to be distracted by a dirty and cluttered vehicle. So as the weather finally starts to warm and you begin spring-cleaning, take this opportunity to ensure your car is in the best condition for safe driving.

A clean and organized space will result in a clear mind.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, the experienced automobile accident attorneys at Hupy and Abraham are here to help. To schedule a free consultation, call 800-800-5678 or start a live chat anytime and Hupy.com.