5 things you should do before driving again after lockdown
The coronavirus outbreak has left many of us with no need to drive
- Check your tyres prior to setting off on a long or significant journey. Check your tyre pressures are suitable for the load and the condition of your tyres, including the spare, and look out for any cuts or wear. Make sure your tyres have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm, which is the legal limit.
- Check your engine oil and use your dipstick to check the level regularly and before any long journey, and top up if needed. Take your car back to the garage if you’re topping up more than usual
- Check your water levels to ensure you have good visibility, and always keep your screen wash topped up so you can clear debris or dirt off your windscreen
- Check your lights, and if your indicators, hazard lights, headlights, fog lights, reverse lights or brake lights are not functioning properly, get them fixed. In addition, light malfunctions can be a reason for your vehicle to fail its MOT
- Check your fuel levels before setting out and make sure you have enough to get to your destination