During your lifetime you spend about 4.3 years in your car. Crazy, right? At some point while your driving you may have seen a car on the side of the road with flames pouring out of the hood. We don’t want you to be that person. However, it’s important to know that certain types of fires may be completely out of your hands. With these tips you should have a better understanding of what to do with your car, what to look out for, and what to do incase a fire happens.

Regular Maintenance
This seems like a no brainer but regular maintenance can prevent most future problems. Most car fires happen because of either low oil, fuel leaks, broken catalytic converter, spilled fluids, or electrical problems. With regular maintenance it’s possible to find these issues before they turn into things like, I don’t know, car fires.

Smells
You know the saying, “where there’s smoke there’s fire?” It’s cliché but there’s a reason why that saying is still with us. It’s typically accurate. If you turn your car on and you smell smoke or an acrid smell of burning wires, it’s a pretty good indicator that something is wrong with your car.

Overheating
On your dashboard there is a little gauge that tells you the temperature of the engine. These differ in style based on car manufacturer but they all have one thing in common. Red is bad. If you are driving and your gauge is in the red, it means you car is hotter than it should be. This means you should stop the car as soon as possible.

Human Error
Car fires can happen because of design flaws, accidents, or simple human error. Unfortunately, things like this are hard to predict and can happen to cars that seem perfectly functional. If your car happens to burst into flames: turn the car off and GET OUT! Don’t be a hero.