Check your vehicle is safe to drive:
With many vehicles not being driven so often and some doing more miles in these unprecedented times please remember you’re responsible for making sure your vehicle is always roadworthy.
It can be unsafe even if you have a current MOT certificate and with the current 6m extension its even more important to check your vehicle.
You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition so please check your vehicle on a regular basis.
To help you along, here are some basic checks to carry out.
- Windscreen, windows and mirrors are clean
- All lights are work. Driving lights, indicators and brake lights.
- The brakes and handbrake work ok. If unsure most garages will provide a free brake check.
- Engine oil. If filling up don’t overfill as this can also harm the engine. Make sure you use the correct oil type. Refer to your handbook or speak to a professional if unsure.
- Water level in the radiator or expansion tank.
- Brake fluid level.
- Windscreen washer bottles - top up as required
- Tyres – The Legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm
- There must be tread across three-quarters and around the entire tyre.
- Check for cuts, defects and bulges in the sidewall.
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28th of April 2020