Monday, 20 May 2013

Tips For Ensuring Your Car Modifications Are Safe

Car modifications are quite popular these days, especially since there are so many drivers on the road driving the exact same vehicles every day. In order for their vehicles to truly stand out from the rest, many drivers customise their cars by modifying them in some way. While some people stick to tried and true methods that are inexpensive and easy to accomplish, such as adding a steering wheel cover and new floor mats, others go above and beyond to really make their cars unique. These drivers aren’t afraid to spend a lot of money on their car’s modifications and are ready to do whatever it takes to make their cars look better and perform better on the road.

But if you’re planning on modifying your vehicle in any major way, you have to consider whether or not the modifications you’re planning on making are actually safe. After all, safety should always come first whenever you get behind the wheel of your car. Therefore, you never want to end up investing in a modification that will make you less safe on the road, especially since it would really mean that you wasted your money on the modification and you would have to fix it in the long run to make it safe again.

Below are the tips that you need to keep in mind if you’re planning on modifying your vehicle in the safest ways possible.

Lights

Many drivers like to change their headlights to customise their vehicles. This basic change, however, can have adverse effects on the driver’s own safety, as well as the safety of other drivers on the road. Therefore, stick with headlights that have a white or yellow glow. These colours will ensure that you’ll be able to see the road ahead properly even on the darkest streets and that the other drivers on the road will also be able to see you coming without being blinded. Don’t purchase aftermarket headlights that are coloured various shades of the rainbow and are blinding to oncoming traffic, as these are hazardous.

Also, if you plan on changing your rear lights, don’t bother. Tinting rear lights and making them darker will reduce the ability of drivers behind you to see when you are coming to a stop, and this can greatly increase the risk of accidents as well. There’s a reason that the rear lights are bright red, so you want to keep them that way for your own safety as well as the safety of others on the road.

Entertainment

Many drivers also choose to modify the interior of their vehicles to include a better sound system to pump their favourite music as loud as possible. But doing so can be hazardous, as it can reduce a driver’s ability to hear oncoming police and emergency vehicles and it generally reduces a driver’s ability to be keenly aware of his surroundings. Some drivers even go ahead and install video to entertain passengers in the vehicle, but again, this should be avoided by drivers that become easily distracted by what’s playing on a video screen in the car.

Tom Hardy is a renowned author and blogger of all things automobile related. When checking out the latest in car accessories, Tom often visits www.regplates.com.

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