Members of the automotive industry are reminding drivers about the importance of having their vehicles checked regularly.
State inspections are a Virginia requirement that also keeps motorists safe.
Recently, a Maryland family was traveling when the lower control arm of their Hyundai Sedan broke off.
A lower ball joint connects the lower control arm with the steering knuckle and the vehicle’s frame.
The situation led the family to Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire in Woodbridge.
According to the General Manager at Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire, a regular inspection could have prevented the problem.
State inspections aren’t required in Maryland, where drivers just need to have their vehicles inspected upon purchase.
“If they had been coming in for a yearly inspection, there would have been a better chance this would have been caught,” the General Manager at Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire said.
Members of the family weren’t injured.
“Fortunately — in this case — they weren’t going too fast and didn’t hurt anyone, but imagine if they had been going down the highway like this,” the General Manager said. “So, this isn’t just about the individual, it’s about the safety of all drivers on the road.”
This article was written by Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire, a locally owned and operated business that has been in service for 36 years. It’s a big supporter of our local community.