1st April 2014
Ideally you should perform regular checks on your car before you set out on a journey to ensure that it is safe and fit for travel. In reality, the pressure of modern life often means that people rush into travel without performing basic checks.
Our simple guide should provide a gentle reminder of the things we are supposed to do but often forget!
Merityre advise all motorists to regularly check and maintain their cars. You should ensure that all MOT's and services are up to date and that you have all work on your car carried out by trained mechanics who can guarantee the quality of their work.
Only carry out work on your car yourself if you are completely confident that you can do the job safely and effectively. Basic errors cost lives and can be avoided if you use professional help.
Tyres should be regularly checked for wear and tear. A basic visual check should be performed every time you get in your car, but you should also check tread depths and tyre pressures fortnightly. A good garage, such as your local Merityre Specialist will perform these checks for free.
Never drive on a tyre with a tread depth of less than 1.6mm. Not only is this illegal but it is also highly dangerous, as it increases stopping distances and hampers your car's chances of avoiding accidents.
Check your car battery is fully charged and avoid running it down by making sure you turn off your lights when you leave the vehicle and avoid playing the radio when the engine isn't running.
Always carry jump leads in case your battery does fail.
Many people assume that when they need them, their brakes will be there for them. As with all moving parts on your car they are subject to wear and tear and should be checked regularly, particularly if you are thinking of setting out on a long journey.
Brakes pads are much less effective if they are allowed to wear thin and you can often hear when you have a problem. It is a simple and relatively cheap thing to put right and should be rectified immediately.
Your exhaust is very good at telling you when something is wrong! It may rattle when the clips are loose, gush out black smoke when the catalytic converter doesn't work or fall off completely if it has rusted through.
Whatever the state of your exhaust you should visually check it before each journey to ensure you are not putting yourself and other motorists in danger.
Some checks are simple and quick enough to do every day to keep your family safe on the road.