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Routine Checks

Updated: Jul 23, 2019

A few routine maintenance and safety checks that you should carry out on your vehicle regularly:

  • Lights, indicators, reflectors, and number plates MUST be kept clean and clear

  • Windscreens and windows MUST be kept clean and free from obstructions to vision

  • Lights MUST be properly adjusted to prevent dazzling other road users. Extra attention needs to be paid to this if the vehicle is heavily loaded

  • Exhaust emissions MUST NOT exceed prescribed levels

  • Ensure your seat, seat belt, head restraint and mirrors are adjusted correctly before you drive

  • Ensure that items of luggage are securely stowed

  • Warning displays. Make sure that you understand the meaning of all warning displays on the vehicle instrument panel. Do not ignore warning signs, they could indicate a dangerous fault developing

  • 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

  • Cars, light vans and light trailers MUST have a tread depth of at least 1.6 mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and around the entire circumference.

  • Your brakes and steering will be adversely affected by under-inflated or over-inflated tyres. Excessive or uneven tyre wear may be caused by faults in the braking or suspension systems, or wheels which are out of alignment. Have these faults corrected as soon as possible.

  • Fluid levels. 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.

If you are unsure about any of the above please feel free to contact us.

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