Driver safety is something we naturally associate with things we learn and can control – but what about in those cases where it depends entirely on other, outside factors? One of these is road awareness – being alert and aware of other fellow drivers around you, and any other hazards that may appear on the road.
However, another incredibly important (and often overlooked) facet of driver safety is vehicle safety. We may do the regular maintenance and repairs needed to ensure our vehicles are running smoothly – but what about if there’s an inherent flaw in the car that’s undetected?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is well aware of those issues, which is why they’ve started the “Safe Cars Save Lives” campaign.
The NHTSA vs. Car Safety Recalls
The “Safe Cars Save Lives” campaign isn’t about routine maintenance; it’s more to do with the plethora of automobile safety recalls that occur frequently. According to the NHTSA, there were nearly 900 recalls last year affecting 51 million automobiles nationwide. And as important/severe as these may be, on average 25 percent of them are left unrepaired.
The NHTSA aims to decrease that percentage with this campaign, which recommends consumers check for recalls on their vehicles at least twice a year. This could prove beneficial to your driver safety – and, in some cases, utterly lifesaving. A perfect example would be the widespread recall of Takata airbags that affected 14 vehicle manufacturers. To date, more than 7 million total air bags have been repaired.
What You Can Do to Fight Inaction
The NHTSA isn’t asking much of drivers – in fact, checking your car for open recalls should take a maximum of 2 minutes. They’ve made it incredibly convenient to check for recalls by developing a website dedicated to automobile recalls. In this website, there’s a widget in which you can look up any appropriate recalls by your vehicle’s VIN or its make and model.
If your car does have any open recalls, repairing your car can be as simple as contacting your local dealership and scheduling an appointment. If you’re worried about price, don’t be – all recall repairs are free of charge.
That’s all it takes to instantly create safer roads for you and everyone else. Thanks to the NHTSA, checking for recalls and repairing recalls is more convenient than ever. Hopefully, with this initiative, drivers should have no excuse to ensure their vehicles are properly fixed.