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As schools reopen, some people will need to use their cars more often

• If you need to do an essential journey, there are simple checks to get you safely back on the road

• Vehicles which have not been used frequently can face some common problems with tyres, lights and screenwash

• For added peace of mind, get your vehicle professionally checked with a service or a health check

• If you want to go back to your original pre-exemption MOT date, consider getting an early MOT

Garages will be quieter in April and May, so you are likely to get an appointment of your choice

• Doing simple vehicle checks or having

 

Vehicle safety check

• For added peace of mind, get your vehicle professionally checked with a service or a health check. If you want to go back to your original pre-exemption MOT date, consider getting an early MOT. Your garage can check the things you can’t see

• For example, brakes need to work properly and are fundamental to your safety when driving a vehicle. You can test the brake pedal each time you drive the car

• If the brakes feel different or make a continued noise, or if the vehicle pulls to one side, you must contact your local garage as soon as possible

• If the warning lights on the dashboard come on, get the vehicle professionally checked as soon as possible

 

Air in tyres

• Tyres need to be correctly inflated, without any cuts or bulges. Correctly inflated tyres reduce the risk of accidents, will last longer and will save you money on fuel

Tyres can lose air and deteriorate when they are stationary for a long period

• Your car manual will tell you the right pressure for your tyres. Most petrol stations and garages will have a pressure gauge and air pump, so check when you fill up. At the same time look out for bulges and cuts

• Remember to check your advisories. If a tyre was close to the minimum tread before the lockdown, now might be a good time replace the tyre Fill up screenwash

• You need to check fluid is topped up and the windscreen wipers work, without streaking water. When the engine is cold, lift the bonnet, check the windscreen washer bottle and top up if necessary. Using washer 

 

Examine lights & tyre tread Lights

• Since you last used the vehicle, a car bulb could have blown

• Turn on all the lights and walk around the car. Give them a tap to check they’re not loose or damaged and check the colours are correct and match. Your car manual will explain how to change a bulb, or your garage can do this. You can test brake lights by reversing up to a garage door or window and pressing the brake. Look for a reflection in the rear-view mirror Tyre tread

• The legal tyre tread depth for cars is 1.6mm and the condition of your tyres is key to your safety. This is especially important when roads are wet and icy

• Turn the steering wheel fully to the left or right. Look for the treadwear indicators which are at the bottom of the tyre grooves. If they are flush with the level of the tread, you need to replace the tyre

• Another good rule of thumb is the 20p test. Insert a 20p coin into the groove on the tyre. If the tread covers the outer band of the coin the tyre depth is legal. Check the tread depth is even across the tyre

 

Some 18% of drivers have admitted to driving in excess of 100mph, a new survey has shown

For people between 25 and 34, that number rises to 33%, and to 28% for men, according to the poll of 2,000 UK drivers for the road safety charity Brake.

It found the top speed driven was 180mph on a motorway in Nottinghamshire, while the highest speed driven over the limit was 152mph in a 30 zone in London.

According to the Department for Transport, 44 people were killed and another 143 were injured in crashes where speeding was a contributing factor in 2019.

Brake's director of campaigns, Joshua Harris, said: "There is no excuse for breaking the speed limit and these figures highlight the grossly excessive speeds of some drivers who show complete disregard for the law and people's safety.

"None of us should be put in danger by the high-risk behaviour of others when we're getting about on roads, and that's why, this Road Safety Week, we are asking everyone to join us in our call that there is no need to speed.

"Many drivers drift over limits by mistake but our research shows that a shockingly large number of drivers, particularly men, break speed limits excessively.

Roads Minister Baroness Vere said: "Speeding is illegal, reckless and puts people's lives at unnecessary risk.

"For this reason, there are tough penalties and strict enforcement measures in place for those who disobey the law."

Neil Greig, policy and research director at charity IAM RoadSmart, said: "There is no excuse for these ridiculously high speeds which are symptom of pure criminality rather than simply bad driving.

"The majority of UK drivers understand the need for speed limits and do their best to stick with them.

"Regrettably appealing to the better nature of the sort of drivers highlighted in these terrible case studies is not going to work.

"For really high-end speeding, the best solution, in IAM RoadSmart's view, is high-profile policing of the type we saw in London during lockdown

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