Many car owners make external and interior modifications to their cars, not aware of the risks that these changes can have and their impact on safety.
On the roads in Lebanon we see a lot of cars whose owners have modified their external shape by adding a number of components, such as magazines, air diffusers and others. There are also many changes to the interior components of the car, especially the suspension, exhaust and engine.
Consequences for safety
During the manufacture of the vehicle, engineers work on the study and testing of each piece, and its suitability for the required safety elements. That is why it is not advisable to completely change this concept. Replacing parts in the chassis can have serious consequences during the accident.
For example, change the front or rear shock absorber of the last athlete without taking into account the extent to which the material is made and how to react during accidents and with the spread of air at high speeds, which directly affects the cohesion of the car. In the same context, many car owners lower the height of their car and manipulate the suspension system, which is responsible for the coherence of the car with the road. Any manipulation or defect in a part of this system also leads to serious consequences. The same happens with the brake system and the exhaust system and the changing of the interior seats and other things.
Rules for deterrence
In developed countries, tampering with the engineering of the main vehicle is arbitrarily prohibited. However, those who want to add a number of changes to their car can legally do so by using certified parts from well-known companies and have carried out numerous experiments in coordination with car manufacturers. Any change in the shape of the vehicle may expose the owner to legal prosecution.
There is no such law in Lebanon, and if it exists, it does not apply. So on the road we find cars with almost no identity, that is, the owners have adapted them so that it is difficult to know the mark, or even has been transformed from one identity to another. All this can have a direct impact on the safety ratio that the vehicle has to offer during collisions and the consistency of driving. These vehicles can pose a danger to passengers inside and others on the road.