Vehicle Safety

Safety Checks on your vehicle

Getting started:

Starting to drive isn’t just a matter of starting the engine and driving off. You should first of all check your vehicle to make sure it’s safe and ready for the road.

Everyday Checks:

Make a habit of checking daily:

  • The windscreen, windows and mirrors are clean
  • All lights (including indicators) are working, replace any dead bulbs immediately
  • The brakes are working, don’t drive with faulty brakes

Periodic Checks:

Vehicle Safety ChecksThese checks are both for safety and good vehicle maintenance. Check and top up if necessary:

  • Engine oil
  • Water level in the radiator or expansion tank
  • Brake fluid level
  • Battery, top up with distilled water if necessary (some batteries are maintenance free and don’t need topping up)
  • Windscreen and rear window washer bottles

You should also check tyres and make sure they are:

  • Legal: They must have the correct tread (they must be at least 1.6mm of tread), and be free of dangerous cuts and defects
  • at the right pressure

How Often?

How often you make the checks depends on how much you drive. Consult your vehicle’s own handbook. If you drive a lot, you may need to do these everyday.

Regular Servicing:

Have your vehicle regularly serviced. The owner’s handbook will tell you when servicing is recommended.