This is very upsetting that without proper knowledge and guidance we often do things that lead us to situations which are driven out of control. Most of the people fancy their drives to be as elegant and classy as other person’s car or of a vehicle very admirable to them (for instance we all want lights like Audi). But then we forget that each product has its own capacity and if we overload the circuit of our vehicle then the results could be as disastrous as shown in these pictures. Thus, staying satisfied with what we have is the best policy.
Aftermarket products many a time prove to be horrible because no set standards are there to test these products under different temperature conditions and when you splice the wiring of your car’s connections then you open them to vulnerable situations such as short circuits and overheating due to loose connections and some times malfunctions in the whole electrical system.
There is utmost need to be cautious about the electrical rating, power consumption and current usage of the accessory to match with that of the capacity of wiring and resulting circuit, else overloading and overheating may cause fatal accident.
Another important aspect of car accidents is negligence by the owners and drivers in maintanance.
Though we keep thinking that its ok to avoid that tiny maintenance symbol on your car’s instrument panel but in the long run it will affect the overall performance too.
Just like sometimes we tend to avoid medicine for the headache and later it gets even worse, similarly the car gives warning signs too which we must understand and act upon.
If you think you are not qualified enough to figure those symbols out then send your car for regular maintenance routines.
In the picture, we can see a taxi car, In delhi it preferably means it’s running on CNG (compressed natural gas). Often people go for cheap kits that are available in the market which again are not tested properly for various paramenters which make them vulnerable. Spare parts of sub standard quality may also cause leakages and eventually Fire.
Regular maintenance of CNG equipment is of utmost important as we are dealing with gas under pressure. We must ensure proper rubber gaskets and seals are in proper order. These things can be effectively checked by the service staff.
Thus, it is advisable for all of us that we must keep “jugaad” (makeshift solutions) out of today’s modern day vehicles which are much more complicated and dependent on electronic chips and equipment. Burning a little more hole in the pocket can definitely buy you extra peace of mind.
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Why do cars catch fire?
Any car can catch fire, from the humble Tata Nano to a super high-end Rolls Royce. One of the biggest reasons for a car catching fire is an electrical short circuit. Such short circuits generally happen when a car is fitted with after market accessories, with the fitment done in shoddy manner.
Splicing the stock wiring of the wire and not insulating it properly is one of the biggest reason for electrical short circuits in cars. Also, some after market accessories may put additional load on the car’s electrical system, causing fuses to blow and in the worst case, wiring to melt or catch fire.
Other reasons for car fires include poor maintenance, fitment of illegal and poor quality LPG/CNG kits, storing combustible materials in the car or the engine bay, and sometimes even smoking in the car.
What to do if your car catches fire?
Your first concern should be occupant safety. Your car is covered by insurance so don’t worry too much about it, and while your life too may be covered by insurance, you won’t be the one collecting it!
Keep a fire extinguisher handy. These days you get spray-can fire extinguishers filled with halon gas that can fight multiple types of fires – oil fires and electrical fires.
Keep a life hammer in the car. A life hammer is a tool that has a pointed hammer at one end to break glass and a seat belt cutter at the other end to quickly free trapped occupants.
In many cases of fire, people have perished ostensibly because the central locking system jammed – and it’s quite possible that could happen in a panic situation. Also with many door handles being made of plastic, a fire will quickly melt them, rendering them useless. In such cases, bashing out the windows is the only way out.
If you don’t have a life hammer, keep the wheel spanner or similar heavy tool right next to the driver’s seat or in the door pocket.
To extinguish a small fire, you can use a regular fire extinguisher. If it is an electrical fire, you could douse the flames with sand or water. But if it is an oil fire, water will make it worse and spread the fire. In such cases, sand would be better. However, if the fire is raging out of control, don’t try saving the car, save yourself!