Vehicle checks are crucial

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February 20, 2024

According to the latest study conducted by the DGT, the risk of death or serious injury is doubled when comparing incidents with vehicles 10 to 15 years old, to vehicles less than 5 years old.

Considering this relationship between risk and the age of the vehicle, the proper maintenance of all safety elements become an essential activity to combat incidents. Here are some of the basic parts of a vehicle you should check on a regular basis, although there are many other factors that need to be taken into consideration, so if you have any doubt, consult a qualified mechanic.

Tyres - The tyres constitute the only and decisive contact with the road. They are responsible for ensuring adherence in thrust, braking and lateral sliding. They also ensure that the direction of vehicle travel is as desired by the user and the damping of road imperfections. It is recommended that the groove depth be at least 3 millimetres, despite the legal minimum being 1.6 millimetres.

Lights - The purpose of vehicle lights is not only to see, but also to be seen, since each vehicle on the road presents an obstacle for others, so the definition of its presence is also significant.

Number plate - The number plate must not be obscured or hidden and must be readable from a distance. It may not be tampered with or altered, and the rear plate must be illuminated in times of low visibility.

Windscreen - The driver must ensure that the windscreen does not present any damage, since it is a fundamental part in the structural resistance of the vehicle, in the efficiency of the airbag and in the support of cameras and sensors of driving assistance devices.

Documentation – You must also carry the vehicle logbook and the technical inspection (ITV) card, as well as the last report from the inspection. The ITV sticker must also be clearly displayed in the upper right of the windscreen (looking out of the vehicle). The driver must also carry their licence.

The most common serious defects in the ITV inspection tend to be lighting and signalling (24.1%); axles, tyres and suspensions (21.7%); those related to brakes (14.7%) and excess pollutant emissions (13.3%). Whereas some of the more technical elements are outside the ability or knowledge of an average driver, there are many things we can all check on a regular basis, but again, if in doubt, contact a qualified mechanic at a registered workshop.

Source:- N332

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