Getting on the road can be one of the most exciting things for new drivers. However, amidst all of the excitement, car maintenance is often forgotten about. Knowing how to check over and maintain a car before you get on the road is absolutely essential to your safety, as well as the safety of other road users. Failure to maintain a car can lead to big bills, lots of repairs, and car accidents.
A simple issue, such as worn down treads on tyres, could mean getting a huge fine and your vehicle taken off the road. Young drivers often don’t even know what to look for to prevent this. This simple guide to essential car maintenance will ensure all young and new drivers know how to maintain their car.
Keeping An Eye On Your Brake Pads
If you don’t keep an eye on your all important brake pads, you are far more likely to have an accident. Many young drivers have no clue how to check them over, so make sure you know what to look for.
Checking Over Your Tyres
Your tyres must have the required legal tread depth – if you don’t, you could get a huge fine. Many new drivers admit that they actually have no idea how to check over their tyres, which is extremely dangerous. The right tyre pressure is also key in order to prevent overheating and accidents. Make sure you know what to look for in a damaged tyre/one that is unsuitable to drive, and that you can put air in your own tyres (and you know how much they need to be filled). Get somebody to show you how to do this or watch a YouTube video if you need help.
Maintaining Your Windscreen Wipers
Poor weather conditions can come as a surprise, and can be dangerous if they come while you’re out on the road. By maintaining your windscreen wipers, you can prevent the consequences of not being able to see properly. If your windscreen wipers are not maintained, they could damage your windscreen and impair your vision as you drive. It’s always best to check a weather app or site before leaving the house, too!
Know Who To Contact In The Event Of An Accident
Many young drivers say they would first contact a family member rather than an emergency number in the event of an accident. Emergency services should always be contacted first, either on 999 or 111. Only then should you can call family, insurers, and recovery services to explain the situation.
Failure to carry out these checks could invalidate your insurance, and you may get fines into the thousands that you may struggle to pay. You also endanger your own life and the lives of others!
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