Auto fires are rarely preventable. If they are caused by manufacturing defects, they are almost impossible to predict. In order to minimize the chances of a fire, however, you should have your car regularly services, immediately deal with leaks or electrical issues, and stay alert to unusual signs.
As auto fires are mainly the result of traffic collisions or manufacturing defects, preventing them is rarely possible. However, certain measures can reduce the risks of being injured in such an event. According to NFPA's (National Fire Protection Association) tips on how to prevent a car fire:
If you notice the following danger signs, take action immediately:
A well-maintained car is less likely to have a fire. Also, you should avoid smoking inside your car to considerably reduce the chances of being involved in an auto fire.