Owning a car isn’t simply a matter of paying a great deal of money – whether through loans or savings – but also a great deal of maintenance. This becomes a concern when the car is damaged, requires new parts and so on. One of the best things we can do is take pre-emptive steps to prevent damages from occurring – since the worse the damage is, the more we’ll be paying.
Consider the problem of potholes. This might seem a non-issue ot many: simply avoid them. Yet that still requires being aware they exist and experts are constantly warning the public about their potential danger. As Roadcover.co.za notes:
“The Automobile Association (AA) said that if there was proper maintenance of our roads, then there could be an immediate decrease in about 5% of road deaths, costing the economy about R40 billion.”
The government also announced “a R22 billion budget over the next three years on a countrywide pothole repair program.” Live will be saved, hopefully. But for now, there are also other directions.
For example, Google is currently working on technology that could aid drivers in real time. As Forbes notes:
“Google has filed a patent for new technology to identify and track potholes on the streets of the United States. The system would use a variety of sensors and location-tracking info to detect areas where the road surface is compromised and help users avoid potholes and find alternate routes.”
The reason it matters is due to the enormous numbers of people that use Google tech everyday – especially to navigate and drive. This means an enormous number of data points that can help feed information to their systems.
“…Correlating data from thousands or millions of vehicles, and integrating it automatically with Google Maps would give drivers current, real-time information they can use to avoid trouble.”
Of course, nothing is perfect and our cars will be damaged through unforeseen events and general wear-and-tear. This means we can’t avoid taking our vehicles to experts like mechanics and panelbeaters; but hopefully we can lessen how often we do so and the amount we’ll be paying by taking pre-emptive steps.
Other ways we can reduce such expenses is to drive carefully, drive less and try obtain the best car, appropriate to our budget. It’s possible, for example, that we get a cheaper car that costs so much to maintain, it ends up being more expensive than a better car that needed less work. All this should be kept in mind in terms of our driving experience.