During the hot, humid summer in Fort Myers, things tend to break down more frequently. When it comes to your car, regular maintenance is important to prevent problems on the road that can increase your car accident risks. With many people taking road trips now and traveling to local destinations, we want you to be aware of how you can prevent a vehicle breakdown and the actions you need to take to protect yourself if one does occur. 

Vehicle Maintenance can Help Prevent Car Accidents in Fort Myers

When car accidents happen in Fort Myers, it is often the reckless driving behaviors of others that are to blame. In addition to dangerous and illegal actions such as speeding, driving distracted, and driving under the influence, failure to properly maintain your vehicle can end up putting you, your passengers, and others on the road at risk. 

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), close to 50,000 car accidents occur each year as a result of automotive issues. Among the most common include: 

  • Flat tires and blowouts;
  • Brake failures;
  • Engine malfunctions;
  • Problems with steering. 

These and other mechanical problems increase the likelihood of a car accident, particularly if you are driving in heavy summer traffic or at high speeds. They also increase your risk of breaking down along the side of the road, which makes you more vulnerable to traffic collisions that could result in serious personal injuries. 

Protecting Yourself Against Vehicle Breakdowns

Keeping your vehicle properly maintained and taking it in for routine check-ups with a mechanic can help to prevent breakdowns on the road. However, despite these precautions, you can still find yourself potentially stranded. It is important to be aware of how to protect yourself in this situation. 

The American Automobile Association (AAA) warns that there are steps you should take to keep yourself and your passengers safe if a breakdown does occur:

  • Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times, which should contain items such as a flashlight, a few basic tools, some bottled water, and other supplies. 
  • Keep your cell phone with you and an extra charger in your vehicle. 
  • Exit highways and pull over to a safe location at the first signs of trouble. 
  • If a breakdown occurs suddenly, pull over to the right as far off the road as possible.

Generally, if you are able to pull over far enough on the side of the road, you should remain in your vehicle with your blinkers on. If you break down in traffic and are unable to pull over, get out of the car cautiously and stand to the side of the road as far as possible while waiting for help to arrive.  

Contact Our Fort Myers Car Accident Attorney 

When car accidents happen, Bernardo Law is here to help. Reach out and contact our Fort Myers car accident attorney to request a consultation today.