The first time you use your vehicle in a while on this May holiday, there are important checks to be performed.
Motorists may not have used their vehicles in the last few months, so it’s important that they are fit for purpose, explains Highways England.
Four million journeys are made every day on the country’s busiest roads – highways and major thoroughfares – and most are uneventful.
According to Highways England, around 600 trips per day are associated with a breakdown.
In 2019, almost 230,000 breakdowns were reported across the entire Highways England network, including around 207,500 on motorways.
In the twelve months from June 2019, around 40,000 breakdowns were recorded due to tire problems, while more than 6,000 incidents were due to vehicles running out of fuel.
Dave Harford, Highways England Transportation Officer, has some key advice for drivers before they venture out on a long journey.
He said, “If you have not driven in a while because of a blockage, you may feel a little strange when you get back behind the wheel.
“So it’s very important that you spend some time doing a few simple checks to make sure your vehicle is ready to drive before you set off.
“Checking your tires, oil, screen wash, lights, and fuel doesn’t take long – but it will help you and your loved ones stay safe.”
Here are some simple regular vehicle checks that drivers can do to avoid breakdowns:
Before embarking on a long / meaningful journey, check that your tire pressures are suitable for the load and condition of your tires, including the spare tire.
Watch for cuts or wear and make sure you change your tires at 2mm because while tires should have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm, which is the legal limit, it is always good practice to change them before this point switch.
Use your dipstick to check the oil regularly and before every long trip, and to top it up if necessary. Put your car back in the garage if you top up more than usual.
To ensure a good view, you should always refill your screen wash so that you can remove dirt or grime from your windshield.
Check the lights
If your turn signals, hazard lights, headlights, fog lights, reversing lights, or brake lights are not working properly, you are putting yourself and your family at risk.
In addition, slight malfunctions can be a reason why your vehicle does not pass its MOT.
Before you set off, check your fuel level and make sure you have enough to get to your destination.