Due to Covid-19 many businesses and families aren’t using their vehicles as much as they normally would. People have been working from home, there has been a ban on non-essential journeys and a rise in supermarket deliveries. The pandemic has kept some cars and vans off the road for several months at a time.
With the UK Governments new road-map to recovery in play, now is the time to start your preparations to get back out on the road. Before you jump straight back into the driver’s seat, it’s worth carrying out a few basic checks on your vehicle’s overall health. This could end up saving you time and money in the long run. Companies should also be encouraging their employees to do the same checks.
Check tyres – Always look out for slits or wear and make sure tyres have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm. Check the tyre condition including the spare. Make sure your tyres are properly inflated, they might look fine, but tyres lose pressure over time, often without you noticing.
Check oil – Use your dipstick to check oil regularly and top up if needed. It’s possible that your vehicle might have developed a slow leak if it’s been sitting for a while. When you move the vehicle, check the ground underneath for any traces of a leak. Maintaining the correct oil level is essential as the oil lubricates, cleans, cools and protects the moving parts of your engine, preventing your engine from seizing up and breaking down.
Check lights – Check whether indicators, hazard lights, headlights, fog lights, reverse lights and brake lights are functioning properly. Reverse and brake lights can be checked with a second person helping or by simply using a surface such as a wall or garage door to see the reflections.
Check screen wash – Check your water is within the minimum and maximum marking requirements. Always keep screen wash topped up so you can clear your windscreen when needed.
Check Brakes – Brakes can corrode and seize if they haven’t been used for a while, so before you drive anywhere, you should check that they’re still effective and in full working order. With brakes, small problems can quickly get worse, so don’t drive anywhere unless you are confident that they’re working as they should be. When you are driving also listen for any strange noises when you brake, as that can be a sign that something is wrong.
Check fuel – Before every journey, check your fuel levels and make sure you have enough to get to your destination. Always keep your tank at least a quarter full, this protects the system from any dirt in the tank and keeps you prepared for any delays you might face during your journey.
Is it roadworthy – Be sure that your car is roadworthy before you go anywhere. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that their vehicle is roadworthy, taxed and MOT’d, failure to do so may result in legal repercussions.
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