5 Dangers You Need to Be Aware of When Driving Your Mercedes-Benz

Giancarlo Perlas August 3, 2018

Mercedes-Benz cars aren’t cheap as most owners and enthusiasts know. What this means is that if you are unfortunate enough to have an accident while driving, it will not only break your heart but your bank balance as well.

Luckily, you will find a list of the five most important things to be aware of when it comes to driving your Benz here. Keep reading to find out what they are, so you can avoid damage and accidents to your vehicle whenever possible.

1. Other Vehicles

The first danger that Mercedes-Benz drivers need to be aware of is other road users. They come in many forms, but in particular, those with less expensive cars may take less care when driving them—something that means if you are in their way, can end very badly.

Then there are the heavy truck type vehicles which are associated with the worst damage to both your car and to life when involved in a crash. Those road users should always be given a wide berth.

However, if you do find yourself in a situation where your Benz is involved in this sort of incident, contacting a truck accident lawyer that specializes in this area is a must. They will be able to ascertain where the blame lies and help you to make the most effective claim against the company that owns the truck. They can help recover all the cost of repairs you have incurred or even the cost of a replacement vehicle.

2. Wet and Icy Roads

Another danger to luxe cars like Mercedes-Benz is from wet and icy roads, because of the lack of grip that may occur. In fact, skidding could happen when the ice or water creates a barrier in between the tires and the road surface. Even though many Mercedes-Benz vehicles are fitted with high-performance tires such as Continental, you still need to account for the weather conditions in which your driving.

One way to deal with this is to learn about defensive driving which includes steering into a skid. That can help you regain control and at least avoid a fatal collision if nothing else.

Of course, all modern Mercedes-Benz like the AMG G65 and the A-Class Sedan have ABS fitted as standard which can also help to improve safety in wet and icy weather. This is because an ABS automatically pumps the breaks and limits any skid while preventing the wheels from locking.

Mercedes-Benz is also a leader in the field of ESP or electrical stability program that they developed over 20 years ago, which became standard in all European cars. ESP helps improve safety in wet weather because it analyzes and provides the drivers corrective steering. That allows your Mercedes Benz to stay on the road, even during a skid.

3. Wildlife

While Mercedes Benz cars are, as a rule, sturdily built, a collision with a deer or other animal can still present danger and cause massive damage to your vehicle. Of course, apart from being eagled-eyed and watching out for signs informing you that wildlife is in the areas, it can be incredibly hard to predict if this will be an issue when driving your Mercedes Benz or not.

Before you set out on a journey, it is a great idea to search on Google if the road you are taking is along any migration routes. Read also when this is expected to occur. After that, you can choose to delay your journey, or at least be as informed and on guard to the risk during your dive.

4. Traffic Lights

Traffic lights are designed to control the flow of traffic and keep all road users as safe as possible. However, because the decision to stop or go is still a human factor, there is still a potential risk here.

In fact, many accidents are caused either by malfunctioning traffic lights as well as a human error where people decide to go when they shouldn’t or are not paying attention when the light does go green. Therefore, if you want to keep your Mercedes-Benz in prime condition, it is worth taking an extra care around traffic lights both in urban and rural areas.

5. Potholes

Lastly, potholes can do a number on a luxury car like a Mercedes-Benz. In fact, if they are large enough, they can stop autos in their tracks, as well as damage the paintwork and underside.

A pothole will wreak havoc on your Mercedes-Benz.

Again, the tech in your Mercedes Benz such as ABS and ESP should help you avoid such hazards and still drive safely. Although, it won’t hurt to keep an eye open for the weather and on the state of the surface of the roads at all times if you want to keep your Mercedes in the best condition possible for a long time.

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Giancarlo Perlas

Giancarlo is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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