An SUV or sport utility vehicle is a vehicle class that combines elements of on-road passenger cars with features typically found in off-road trucks, including raised ground clearance, four-wheel drive and suspension. In order to make the most of this sport utility category, however, it's important to follow a few basic rules and guidelines.
Front-end airbags are always a great safety feature to have on any car. A well-made front-end airbag will deploy if the front end of the car is involved in an accident, whether it is being driven by the driver or the passenger in the seat next to the driver. The driver will be kept in one place while the passenger will be able to get out of the car safely and take some form of action. The driver can also be protected from being thrown from the car, although most models have a large enough bumper to protect the driver.
Proper airbags will be in all SUVs. If the car has a sport-utility type license plate, it should be illuminated and any other markings on the front of the car that indicate what type of vehicle the plate it should be clearly visible. All other plate decals should be hidden.
The interior of the car is the first place a passenger will feel the impact of an accident. Because this is where passengers will be located, it's important that there are no cracks or dents in the seats. This is also true of the car dashboard, which should be smooth and free of damage.
The car should be equipped with proper seat belts and belts. There should be no loose straps that don't hold up properly. The belts should be used as required and should always be used when in a position that puts the passenger at risk for injury, such as in the front seat. It is also important that the belts fit the right way.
The vehicle's suspension is a vital part of the car and it should be maintained properly. While the body of the car is not responsible for making the vehicle to roll over, the suspension does make a difference in how it handles under certain circumstances. If the suspension isn't up to par, the vehicle will have trouble absorbing bumps and jolts.
Before driving, the car should be checked thoroughly for signs of rust and corrosion, especially if it was recently driven on dry land. If you see any corrosion or rust, the owner should have the car professionally detailed. For general maintenance, owners can lubricate the brakes, transmission, suspension and all moving parts and inspect the fluid levels.
All safety equipment on the car should be maintained in good condition. A turn signal should be mounted correctly, the windshield wipers on the correct side, seatbelts fastened firmly, and the trunk properly sealed. Also check the tires' tread depth. To avoid excessive wear, the car should be driven on soft surfaces at moderate speeds.
The tire pressure is another area where a new car owner may find themselves confused. When changing the tire, the right amount of air pressure should be supplied. Most vehicles come with a gauge that shows the recommended tire pressure for the vehicle, but there are others that do not. It is best to read the manual carefully and follow the manufacturer's recommendation.
The tread of the tires should also be inspected and changed when necessary. Some manufacturers recommend that tires be replaced when they are worn down to their tread depth of two inches. Other manufacturers recommend tread depth that is more than six inches.
The oil level of the car should be checked periodically as well. If the level drops below twenty-four ounces, it's time to replace the oil filters.
To prevent rust from forming on the exterior of the car, it should be regularly inspected for signs of rust and damage in the wheel wells and brake wells of the vehicle's brakes. Check all of these areas for obvious damage as well as any leaks that might be present. The rotors should always be sealed properly to prevent rust from forming. In order to keep out moisture and to prevent rusting, it is a good idea to lubricate the brakes after each ride to help prevent corrosion and rust.