Most of the time things look normal when driving down the highway. However, sometimes it is not what we see that can indicate danger is approaching. For example, there are many vehicle warning signs that cannot be seen by untrained mechanics. This is why drivers need to be aware of what their nose can sniff out.

At the time of purchase, vehicles have a new car smell. While this specific smell eventually wears off, there are sometimes other odors that drivers might smell over the course of several years. Because sniffing out other odors can help prevent a vehicle breakdown and a possible South Florida car crash, the Car Care Council recommends every driver to conduct a sniff test of their vehicles to determine if there are any unusual smells.

Some of the below smells are warning signs and could indicate a possible breakdown is approaching, such as:

  • The smell of gasoline. If you smell this specific odor, it could mean that there is a gas leak in your vehicle’s fuel tank or injector line.
  • The smell of syrup. If this odor is what you smell, it might indicate that engine coolant is leaking from your car’s cooling system.
  • The smell of hot oil. If you smell this scent, this could mean that oil is leaking onto your vehicle’s exhaust system.
  • The smell of burnt rubber. If this is the smell you are experiencing, this could indicate that your car’s drive belts are slipping or that a loose hose is rubbing against a drive pulley.

When drivers ignore these smells and assume that the odor is coming from someone else’s car, it is possible that a driver is missing a vehicle warning sign that could indicate a breakdown. The best thing you can do to avoid your car from breaking down is to take your vehicle into the dealer for regular service and to be aware of any smells coming from your car.

Even if you have done everything you can to make your vehicle safe, car accidents in Fort Lauderdale still occur. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, please contact the Law Office of David Benenfeld for a free consultation with a skilled car accident attorney in Broward County at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].