10 car accessories that can be very dangerous

The aftermarket car accessory market is huge. There are all kinds of accessories available in the market for every kind of cars. However, there are a few accessories that can prove to be extremely dangerous and hazardous. Here is a list of ten such car accessories that everyone should avoid.

Cheap floormats

There are various kinds of floor mats available for vehicles in the market. Floor mats can be very dangerous if they do not properly fit the vehicle’s floor, especially the driver side. The floor mat can interfere with the pedals and cause accidents.

Seen above, the vehicle gets floor mats that do not properly fit the driver’s area. Even though there is proper space for the accelerator in the mat, once the accelerator is pressed, it remains depressed under the mat causing unintended acceleration. The car was involved in an accident due to the same. It is advised to buy genuine accessories that are made for the vehicle or properly check the accessories when buying aftermarket accessories.

Steering covers

10 car accessories that can be very dangerous

Many people put steering cover to make it look good and also get a better grip of the steering. However, there have been many instances where the poorly designed steering cover can slip on the steering wheel, and the driver can lose control of the situation. Steerings are ergonomically designed to fit your palms on it. They are best left without any covers. However, if it is unavoidable, always check for a tight fitting steering cover.

Coloured fog lamps and headlamps

10 car accessories that can be very dangerous

Many people put a yellow sheet on the headlamps during low visibility conditions. The low-quality film can reduce the intensity of the headlamp or the fog lamp and can worsen the visibility. Such colored films also disperse light more so the headlamps, and the fog lamps lose their focus. Scattered light can reflect and make the situation worse. Stock lamps are enough for low visibility conditions. If more intensity is needed, the lamps can be changed with more powerful ones.

Lamp black-out kits

10 car accessories that can be very dangerous

A lot of people use black tint on the tail lamp and headlamp to make the vehicle look more aggressive. However, such black out kits stop the lamps from functioning properly. They may look cool, but during the night, the intensity of the lamps drops severely, causing low visibility. Blacking out tail lamps cause a lot of problems to the other people on the road as they cannot notice the vehicle’s brake lamp properly.

Rear tray showpieces

Many vehicle owners like to put showpieces on display on the rear tray of the boot. Various things from soft toys to pillows can be seen on the rear tray of the vehicles. Such things block the view on the rear view mirrors that in turn can prove dangerous. On hard braking, such show pieces can dislodge and can hit people sitting in the car and cause distraction.

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Shantonil Nag

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