Common Causes of Car Fires

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Car fire may result to serious injuries, significant damage to properties or worse, death. Unfortunately, most car owners are unaware of the causes of car fires. Knowing what causes it can help you avoid this dangerous situation.

The most important thing that you should remember is that once your car fires up, you have to get as far away from it as possible.

In this article, we’ll give you a rundown on some of the common causes of vehicular fire. Read on and learn how to reduce some risk of fire in your car or truck.

Poor maintenance

Human error may not be considered as the main cause of fire, but if you are sloppy about maintenance, your car may be a lot more dangerous than you think.

Neglecting or forgetting to take care of your car may result to a vicious fire. Frayed wiring may spark and make contact with flammable materials. If you let faulty wiring, leaky seals or broken parts go without repairs; your car may be a potential deathtrap. Feel free to pop the hood every now and then and check to see if your car is in top shape.

Car crash

A car crash may spark a car fire. However, since the car’s occupants can’t see the extent of the damage while inside the vehicle, the threat of a fire may not be that apparent to them. At this point, your goal is to get away from the crashed car as soon as possible.

Overheating engine

A car engine may not overheat enough and cause it to burst into flame on its own. Please take note, though, that the coolant, oil and internal fluids may rise to dangerous temperatures and may spill out of their assigned areas of circulation.

Electrical system failure

This is one of the most common causes of car fires. Mind you, the electrical wirings run throughout the entire car. That being said, electrical system’s hazards are not only confined under the hood.