How to Make Your Chevrolet Volt Safer to Drive
It's nice to have a vehicle that is not only practical to drive but performs well on the road too. But remember, cars are not only about speed but also about making sure you are able to reach your destination safe and sound. So, don't just focus on the performance of your Chevrolet Volt that you forget one important aspect: your safety. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind to make sure that your Chevy not only provides you a good driving experience but a safe one too.
- Maintain proper tire alignment.
Tire alignment gets altered from time to time. It may be because of the terrain you go through, or it could be the manner in which you drive your car. Either way, you need to watch out for signs that hint tire misalignment. If you're starting to have some difficulty going on a straight path or doing turns, then you might want to check if your tires are still properly aligned. Have a professional inspect the condition of the alignment immediately to avoid losing total control of your car and risking your safety in the process. Tire misalignment may not seem like a big deal at first, but going through crowded streets would definitely make you realize how important it is to have full control of your vehicle.
- Don't drive with balding tires.
Tires have tread marks for a reason: to have traction on the road. These tread marks not only improve your vehicle's acceleration but also affect how you put your car to a stop. So make sure that your tires still have tread marks well within the acceptable depths or else you'd not only suffer poor performance but also have serious issues with stopping. And if you couldn't replace your tires just yet, then at least make sure that they are all aptly inflated to have even the slightest increase of traction.
- Replace worn-out brake pads.
If you're starting to hear squealing noises whenever you hit the brakes, then that may be your brake pads screaming for help. Because like any other components of your car, the brake pads also deteriorate over time and would need to be replaced in the process. Don't ignore the squealing noises and have your car checked immediately instead. Delaying the replacement of brake pads will not only put your life at risk but will also put your car in jeopardy. If you continue to use a worn-out brake pad, then the rotor and caliper would eventually end up rubbing each other until one or both eventually gives out or gets damaged.
The brake fluid is part of a closed system, so the issue you need to watch out for would not be its diminishing quantity but its degrading quality. After some time, the brake fluid eventually gets old and contaminated, lessening its effectiveness. So if you're having some troubles with your brake system and you've confidently ruled out brake pad replacement, then the next thing to do would be to check the condition of your brake fluid. If the brake fluid has changed in color from being golden into brown, then you're going to have to replace it already.