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Car maintenance is important for safety and insurance

Posted On Fri, October 22, 2010

With the change in seasons comes a change in driving conditions. AAA is encouraging motorists to have their vehicles inspected before the roads become covered in ice.

One of the most important components for safety is good brakes. A car will not stop as efficiently as it could if all parts aren't working properly. Consumers should take their vehicle to a certified technician for a check-up and whenever they notice something different about its operation.

AAA auto repair and buying services director John Nielsen says slick road conditions can be dangerous.

"Brake components that are badly worn, or a brake system in need of hydraulic fluid, may not provide the level of control needed for safe winter driving," says Nielsen. "Slick roads can magnify brake system problems, so it's important to have brakes inspected annually by a qualified technician. There's no better time to do that than before winter weather arrives."

Getting into an accident can do more than ruin a vehicle. Motorists frequently experience higher car insurance premiums as a result. Adhering to a regular maintenance schedule and driving safely can help one avoid accidents.

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