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