Is My Car Safe to Drive After an Accident?

The aftermath of a traffic accident can be scary and confusing for anybody. One of the most common questions that drivers have, understandably, is whether they can safely drive their vehicle after an accident. If you have cause to believe that your vehicle has sustained extensive damage, it’s best to have it towed to your auto body shop rather than trying to drive it yourself. Here are some signs that your vehicle is not safe to drive:

Your lights aren’t working. If the accident has damaged any of your vehicle’s lights—including your headlights, tail-lights, turn signals, and brake lights—then it is most likely not safe for you to drive. Not only is it unsafe to drive a vehicle when these important signal lights don’t work, but broken lights may also be indicative of other problems that only an auto professional can diagnose.

You have a flat tire. If there’s one universal rule that all drivers should follow, it’s that you should never try to drive a vehicle that has a flat tire. Driving on a flat can quickly cause permanent damage to the tire, and it can easily lead to another accident. Even driving short distances on a flat is extremely dangerous.

Your vehicle isn’t driving normally. If you don’t notice any danger signs and begin driving your vehicle, watch for any unusual signs. If your vehicle seems to be pulling to one side or the other, or if you hear any strange noises coming from the engine, stop driving right away and call for towing services. When it comes to a damaged vehicle, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

If you’ve been involved in an accident in Utah, Dave’s Body Shop offers 24-hour towing services along with a comprehensive range of auto body services. We also offer local shuttle service in case you need to get to your home or office while your vehicle is being repaired. To reach our body shop today, call 801-566-3906.