The key things that every driver must check before setting off on a long journey have been revealed.
Highways England have put together a top checklist that drivers across the UK should follow to ensure their vehicle remains roadworthy and safe.
Richard Leonard, Highways England’s head of road safety, said: “If you haven’t driven for a few weeks you might feel a bit strange getting back behind the wheel, and your car will need a few simple checks, like your tyres, oil, water, lights and fuel.”
Here are the top things that drivers must check before setting off:
Prior to setting off on a long/significant journey, check your tyre pressures are suitable for the load and the condition of your tyres, including the spare.
Look out for cuts or wear and make sure the tyres have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm, which is the legal limit.
Use your dipstick to check oil regularly and before any long journey, and top up if needed.
Take your car back to the garage if you’re topping up more than usual.
To ensure you have good visibility, always keep your screen wash topped up so you can clear debris or dirt off your windscreen.
If your indicators, hazard lights, headlights, fog lights, reverse lights or brake lights are not functioning properly, you are putting yourself and your family at risk.
In addition, light malfunctions can be a reason for your vehicle to fail its MoT.
Before setting out, check your fuel levels and make sure you have enough to get to your destination.