As the UK is still under lockdown restrictions, vehicles are not being used as frequent, which can result in issues. Most people are mainly using their vehicle to either get to work or for essential journeys to supermarkets etc.
Having vehicles sitting on your drive can actually do more damage than good. In today’s post, we will talk about five essential checks to ensure the safety of yourself and the drivers around you.
1. Windscreen wipers and screenwash
Screenwash is essential at this time of the year, as rainwater and splashback from the roads can lead to dirty or smeared windscreens. This can result in losing visibility of the road which is extremely dangerous.
It is also important to check that your windscreen wipers are operating correctly. You want to see no smears or hear no squeaky sounds.
2. Tyre pressures/tread depth
Having worn-out tyres can be extremely dangerous for the driver and other vehicles on the road, it is also illegal.
If you are making a long journey then ensuring your tyres are safe will be a crucial task to ensure your car brakes, grips and steers properly. If you have a modern vehicle then these will alert you if there are any issues with your tyres, but in older vehicles, you will have to use a tyre pressure gauge to check they’re correct before any journeys.
Checking your handbook will usually tell you the correct tyre pressure or you can check the panel on the inside of the driver’s door. You can head to your local garage and add air to your tyres if necessary.
You will also need to make sure your tyre treads have a minimum depth of 1.6mm across the central three quarters using a measuring gauge. If your tread is between 1.6mm and 3mm then you may need to replace your tyres
3. Oil Level
It is crucial to check your oil in order to keep your vehicle’s engine running smoothly. Running out can result in huge, costly damage, whilst leaving you stranded. Which is the last thing you would want during Winter.
Most modern vehicles will alert you when your oil is low, however, if your vehicle doesn’t have this feature then use your dipstick to check that it hasn’t gone below the minimum. If it has then get it topped up urgently. It’s also good to note that you shouldn’t over-fill, as this can be dangerous towards the engine.
Checking that each light including headlights, indicators and brake lights is vital as not only is it can help you to not get pulled over by the police. Having fully functioning lights are essential for safe travel, helping you to see clearly but also so that other road users can see you and know your intentions.
It can also be handy to ask someone within your household to come and look at your lights to see if any have faults. If needed replace the necessary light and consider keeping spares just in case.
5. Engine coolant
The last important check is to ensure your vehicle has enough engine coolant. Engine Coolant will ensure your engine doesn’t overheat and keeps your engine at a regulated temperature. Usually, with newer cars, they will have a closed cooling system so do not need topping up. With older cars, you may need to check the level yourself and top it up if necessary.
Thank you for reading this post, we hope you have understood the importance of checking your vehicle for if it has been sat on your drive or if you are planning on making a long trip.