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Vehicle checks are crucial

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March 13, 2024

Ensuring the safety and reliability of vehicles is undeniably vital for maintaining safety on the road. From daily commutes to long-distance journeys, the condition of our vehicles directly impacts not only our own well-being but also that of others sharing the road. Hence, vehicle checks stand as an essential practice, serving as a preventative measure against potential accidents, lowering repair costs and sustaining fuel efficiency.

Moreover, adhering to a regular inspection routine can help you avoid costly problems down the road and keep your car running smoothly for years to come.

Tyres: The tyres are your vehicle's only point of contact with the road, prioritising their condition is crucial for safe driving. Tyres must be correctly inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s specification for the load being carried. Always refer to the vehicle’s handbook or data. Tyres should also be free from certain cuts and other defects.

Tyre pressure: This should be checked weekly before your journey, when tyres are cold. Warm or hot tyres may give a misleading reading. Your brakes and steering will be adversely affected by under-inflated or over-inflated tyres.

Fluid levels: You should check the fluid levels in your vehicle at least weekly. Low brake fluid may result in brake failure and a crash. Make sure you recognise the low fluid warning lights if your vehicle has them fitted.

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. Lights must be properly adjusted to prevent dazzling other road users.

Number plate: The number plate must not be obscured or hidden and must be readable from a distance. It must be kept clean and clear.

Windscreen: You should ensure that the windscreen does not present any damage, since it is a fundamental part in the structural resistance of the vehicle. It is essential to ensure it remains clean and unobstructed.

Documentation: You must have a valid driving licence for the category of motor vehicle you are driving. You must also carry the vehicle logbook and a valid inspection.

You must have a valid insurance policy. This must at least cover you for injury or damage to a third party while using that motor vehicle. Before driving any motor vehicle, make sure that it has this cover for your use or that your own insurance provides adequate cover.


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