There should be a national mandate that the written driver’s test in every state must contain questions regarding vehicle maintenance. Vehicle maintenance questions should comprise 15-20% of the test questions. Part of road safety is driving a safe vehicle. If someone has no idea how to tell if they need to change their brake pads, he or she may have significantly decreased their stopping power and therefore produced a much longer stopping distance for their car. This is obviously a danger to all the other drivers on the road. If everyone had to know this kind of information in order to get their licenses, the dangers that unkempt cars cause could be greatly reduced (these dangers will be discussed in a future post).