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Covid-19 Outbreak: How To Check If Your Vehicle Is Safe To Drive

Published on Wednesday 25 March 2020 in Van News

Covid-19 Outbreak: How To Check If Your Vehicle Is Safe To Drive

We've previously looked at what to do if your vehicle needs an MOT during the Covid-19 outbreak & it's important to point out that even if you have a valid MOT you're still responsible for making sure your vehicle is safe to drive. So, here are a few vehicle safety checks you can easily carry out at home during the outbreak.

Remember: These safety checks are not a substitute for a valid MOT. You can be fined up to £2,500, get banned from driving & get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.


Important Safety Checks For Your Vehicle

The Government recommends that every time you plan to drive your vehicle you should check the following parts of your vehicle.


  • Make sure the windscreen, windows & door/wing mirrors are clean.

  • Ensure that all external lights & indicator lights work.

  • Check that your foot & hand brakes work.


Next, open up your vehicle's handbook or manual for instructions on how to check the following:


  • Engine oil level.

  • Water levels in the radiator or expansion tank.

  • Brake fluid level.

  • Battery charge.

  • Windscreen washer fluid level for the windscreen & rear window.

  • Tyre tread depth & condition.


Checking Your Tyre Tread Depth & Overall Condition

Tyre tread has to be a certain depth depending on the type of vehicle you're driving to be considered safe to drive on. The safe minimum tyre tread depths are as follows:


  • Cars, light vans & light trailers: 1.6mm

  • Motorcycles, large vehicles & passenger-carrying vehicles: 1mm


Finally, there must be tread across the middle three-quarters & around the entire tyre to be considered drive on.

For more information on vehicle safety, check out the Highway Code on the gov.uk website.



Gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/browse/driving/highway-code-road-safety

Gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-safe


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