Driving Your Truck After A Fender Bender

Posted on: 23 May 2018

A fender bender is the popular term for a minor accident with vehicles. However, if you have been involved in a fender bender of your own, then you may want to make absolutely sure that your truck didn't end up with more damage than you may realize, which could make it unsafe for you to drive until you have it repaired by a professional. Here are some things you should consider before you continue driving your truck around after you have been involved in an accident, no matter how minor it may have seemed:

Do all your lights and blinkers still work? You want to make sure you have someone get in the truck and turn on and off all of the exterior lights and blinkers to ensure they work. They may have been damaged in the accident in a way that prevents them from working, and this will be a safety concern as well as a legal concern. You won't be able to signal to other drivers on the road that you are stopping or turning, which increases your chances of another accident, and you can get caught out at night unable to clearly light up the road way in front of you.

Does the tailgate and all the doors shut properly? You want to make sure your tailgate shuts and stays closed. You also want to make sure all the doors also close correctly and stay closed. Since the door clasps can be fragile, it may not take much damage at all for the doors or the tailgate to end up not closing properly. The last thing you want to have happen is to be driving down the street and have one of them pop open on you!

Does everything sound okay? Along with checking for visual damage, you also want to pay attention to the way your truck sounds. If it sounds different than it did before the fender bender, then it is very important for you to determine where the sound is coming from so you can also determine whether or not it will still be safe for you to drive your truck. If you aren't able to determine the cause of the strange noise or noises, then you want to have the truck looked at by a truck repair professional. They will be able to tell you what else has been affected by the minor accident, be able to let you know if it is safe for you to drive the truck in that condition, and be able to repair anything that is wrong with it.