Whatever your essential journey, make it SAFE The new campaign from the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency.

Added: 16 April 2021

Since December 2020, most people have not been driving as often and are only using their car for essential journeys that they need to make. Vehicles that are not used regularly can experience problems with key safety features like tyres and lights, and it’s always important to ensure that you’ll be safe driving.
Extended non-use of a vehicle can also lead to issues like faulty bulbs not being identified. With the 6-month MOT exemptions for Great Britain that were introduced in March 2020, many people chose to delay their MOT and service as part of measures to help stop the spread of coronavirus. However, it is important that road users consider aligning their MOT and service to an early date to ensure that there are no additional issues due to the cars doing less mileage than normal.
With schools re-opening and lockdown rules being eased, the number of vehicles on UK roads has increased. Because of this motorists are advised to carry out simple health and safety checks and if necessary have their vehicle checked by a professional.
Need to drive? Whatever your essential journey, make it S.A.F.E.
The DVSA recommend these Service and Driving tips in the form of 4 basic checks before your next trip: 

Service or health 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 and MOT testers 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 to 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 fluid rather than water will help to clean the windscreen and prevent the washers from freezing in winter
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 rearview 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 tread wear 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
Let us help you get back on the road safely!
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To ensure your vehicle is running smoothly we must align your next service with the anniversary of the first date of registration again and not 12 months from the date that this delayed service was completed. 
The benefits of bringing your service back into line: 
  • Ensure safety
  • Increase performance 
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Prolong your cars life
  • Prevent malfunctioning
  • Reduce pollen and emissions
  • Maintenance record to increase the resale value
  • Anti-perforation inspection 
  • Carry our any outstanding recalls
  • Software updates 
  • Battery check
  • Brake Check 
  • Ensure that the manufacturer’s warranty is not affected!
  • Peace of Mind

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