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Nicoletti Walker Law Group Dec. 23, 2015

This year, heavy, treacherous storms are expected to arrive in January, bringing authorities to warn drivers to address priority safety issues with their cars now. Florida residents are familiar with these issues and the dangers that they bring to the roads. Along with driving more slowly and cautiously as stormy weather approaches, there are also certain auto safety issues that should be dealt with earlier rather than later, particularly since the state of Florida does not require regular vehicle inspections, prompting drivers to ensure that they are safe through their own vehicle’s maintenance and defensive driving.

Underinflated Tires

According to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, around 85 percent of all cars on U.S. roads have at least one underinflated tire, which can impact your ability to break efficiently and keep control of the car, placing you at high risk of accidents. Vehicle owners are advised to check tire pressure at least once per month in order to avoid this.

Worn Tires

Worn tires have inadequate tread, causing vehicles to slip and skid on wet roads (as they cannot grip the road itself). They can also blow out when the car is driving at high speeds. Drivers are advised to ensure that they have a tread depth of at least 3/16th of an inch when the roads are wet.

Weak Brakes

Getting your brakes checked might be the most important act that you take all year to avoid car accidents. Your brakes should not be making a squealing sound, and if they do, they most likely need maintenance. Ensure that your brakes are inspected each time you get the car serviced.

Broken Lights

Ensure that all of your lights are properly working, including headlights, high beams, back lights, and front turn signals. These ensure that you can see what’s ahead of you and react to any objects in time to avoid an accident.

Windshield Wipers

Make sure that your car has plenty of washer solvent and that your wiper blades are working properly.


While most batteries last around five years, once a battery has been used for three years, it should be checked every time the car is serviced. Cold, wet weather increases the rate at which batteries corrode.

Contact a Clearwater Car Accident Attorney

Worn tires and weak brakes are perhaps the two deadliest causes of auto accidents due to improper vehicle maintenance in the state of Florida. In those instances, the vehicle owner can be held responsible for negligence. In these cases, experts can provide testimony to the court after examining the vehicle, post-accident.

If you have been involved in a car accident and experienced injuries and/or property damage, it is advisable that you get in touch with an experienced auto accident attorney. Contact Clearwater attorney Mike Walker to discuss your potential case.