Brake, the independent national road safety charity, has today issued 10 driver tips for vehicle checking.
1. Just because brakes or other safety components feel OK when you are driving, it doesn’t mean they are. Find out the facts.
2. Ask your garage questions about level of wear or damage on safety critical components such as brakes and tyres, and replace borderline components now rather than wait.
3. Have an annual service as well as MOT – this can increase the resale value of your vehicle.
4. Use a garage that has the skills to work on your vehicle; vehicles are becoming more complex.
5. Check your mechanic is qualified as well as experienced. By law, they don’t have to be, so they might not be. It’s your right to ask – your life is in their hands.
6. Do a walk round check of your vehicle before you set off to spot damage to tyres, lights, indicators, windscreen or mirrors.
7. Regularly check your oil and water.
8. Never drive if you have a problem with your vehicle or suspect a problem – get it fixed, now. Your safety and the safety of other road users is infinitely more important than the convenience of using your vehicle or keeping money in your pocket that you might need to spend on repairs.
9. Use your vehicle much less. Less use means less wear and lower maintenance costs. 10. More importantly, it means less damage to the planet from carbon dioxide emissions.
Protect your vehicle from the weather when you aren’t using it; in a garage or covered with a tarpaulin.
Source: Brake Road Safety