Often people think to check their cars over as the winter months draw in, the ice on the road is a reminder that safety is crucial but actually checks should be done all year round. So, as our MOT and service is due this month, I thought I’d write this post as a reminder to us all to check our vehicles this summer to ensure they are roadworthy and as safe as possible. After all, basic car maintenance prevents you and your loved ones from accidents, helps to improve safety for us and others whenever we take to the road.
So, here are a few things to consider today:
Check the tyres
Service and MOT testing
It is a legal requirement to get your car MOT tested once a year. Driving without one can lead to many problems and is against the law so it’s best to arrange a test locally at a time that will suit you well before the deadline comes up. The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards, which is essential if you are like me and constantly whizzing around the busy roads of Yorkshire. If you’re looking for MOT in Wakefield- visit Ossett Tyre House
Windscreen Wash Fluid and Oil Levels
Something quick and easy to do is to check the washer fluid and oil levels in your car – this can be done in 30 seconds by simply lifting the bonnet, but could save a serious accident, especially in summer when your windscreen can become dusty and need to be cleaned regularly whilst going along.
Be sure to check brakes and rotors to ensure they function properly. If a vehicle is unable to stop in an adequate amount of time due to faulty or damaged brakes or rotors, the effects of a vehicle collision could be catastrophic. Avoid it at all cost by having your brakes checked – this will be flagged at your MOT test too!
The last few checks you can do today are to ensure both taillights, headlights, and fog lamps function properly. The summer evenings might be long, but if you need to drive after dark or in bad weather this is essential. Failure to do so can cause a nasty accident if other drivers are unable to see your vehicle.
That’s it! All the checks are pretty simple and something that should be carried out AT LEAST once a year! Happy Driving!