Be honest with yourself, when was the last time you checked that your rear indicator lights and brake lights were working? A week? A month ago? Maybe even a year? If it has been any longer than a month, you need to check now. If you are driving around with these out, it’s dangerous.
We all know that you need to get an MOT done every year after your car is four years old, but that only identifies certain issues on a yearly basis. Those checks aren’t regular enough for them to keep you safe.
Let’s have a look at some of the things you should be doing to make sure your car is safe and roadworthy.
Check your lights
You need to make sure your lights are working properly. That means your head, side, reversing, indicator, brake, and fog lights. You’re probably going to need the help of someone else too, one person to sit and press the brakes and the other to stand at the back of the car. When checking your headlights, you should also check they are adjusted properly, if they’re wrong you risk dazzling other road users.
Add a service to your list
Not only will a service on your car help your car to have a longer life, but it will also help to hold its value. You can get a service completed at most garages but some car owners prefer to visit their manufacturer dealership because they are specialists, for example, if you have a Toyota you may want to choose an East Coast Toyota service over a regular garage.
Keep it clean
You may think that it’s something that is just superficial, however, keeping your car clean is something that is actually related to safety. There is no point in you checking your lights are working if they’re just going to be covered in dirt and grime. You also need to ensure your number plate is kept clean, it’s how your car is identified; therefore, it needs to easy and clear to read. For obvious reasons, it’s important for you to keep your windows clean.
Keep your windows free from obstructions
There is no point in you having nice clean windows if they are obstructed in any way. It’s vital for you to have a clear view so you can correctly use the mirror, signal, manoeuvre routine. You should also make sure there is nothing stopping your window wipers from working correctly. Your blades may need to be changed if they are not wiping effectively.
Fluid levels topped up
You should ideally check your fluid levels on a weekly basis. You should check your water, wiper washer level, oil, and use anti-freeze where appropriate. You will find that most cars have a warning if there is an issue with your brake fluid.
It may seem like quite a lot to do; however, it will help you to keep your car safe and roadworthy throughout the year. Is there anything else that you think should be added to the list? Please share them in the comments below.