Important car safety checks

Here at Drivers Autocentre we know how much you rely on your car every day. Coupled with our ever-increasingly busy lives, we often forget that there are some extremely important car safety checks that should be done on our vehicles regularly in order to be sure that your vehicle is safe for both you and other road users.

Headlights and tail lights

This one may seem obvious, however many people forget to check their headlights and tail lights. The lights on your car are essential for ensuring the safety of both you and other road users. Not only is it essential for your safety but also by UK law the lights on your vehicle have to be fully functional.

Tyres

Worn tyres have contributed significantly to accidents and deaths in road incidents in the UK and it is absolutely a necessity to keep tyres in good shape and replace them when needed.

Your tyres are the only part of the vehicle that touches the road, therefore taking care of this part of your car is essential in order to ensure that you have enough friction with the road for you to control the vehicle.

Rust

One of the first signs of corrosion, rust can suggest that the structure of the car has been substantially weakened. If rust gets to parts of the vehicle then it can corrode them to the extent of not being useable.
Rust should be attempted to be dealt with as soon as it is found, usually small rust issues can be addresses as long as they’re sorted before they spread.

Brakes

Again, another obvious one to check. Your brakes are the only thing that stop you when in your car and are vital to your safety. The most common thing that has to be checked are the brake pads for signs of wear.

The brake pads are the part of the brakes that actually come into contact with the wheel, therefore they get thinner over time and less effective. Brakes pads should be checked regularly in order to make sure that your brakes work effectively.
 

There are some other checks that you should make as well to make sure that your car is in good health, including:

Oil Check

Car engine oil is vital to the running of your car provides cooling, cleaning and a variety of different jobs. Therefore, it is essential to regularly check to make sure your car has enough oil in order to stay in good shape. While some older cars require you to manually check to make sure that there is enough oil in the car, most newer cars come with a change oil light.

If your oil runs out and you don’t replace it then the remaining oil within your engine will breakdown and turn into substances that build-up, and consequently damage, your engine.

Battery

Your car battery is vital in ensuring that all of your car’s electrical functions operate reliably. Ranging from starting the engine to allowing your car to unlock remotely, your battery provides electricity to the components in your car when needed.

By regularly checking your battery the less likely you are to get stuck in the middle of no where unexpectedly!
 

If you find any of the issues detailed above, or are unsure how to check your vehicle for them, get in touch with us today and our team of experts are happy to assist you in any way they can.