Road Safety Week – 20th to 26th November 2017

Road Safety WeekThe 20th to 26th November 2017 is Road Safety Week.  Why is there a week dedicated to road safety and what events will be running?

#speeddown is this 2017’s Road Safety Week campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of driving too fast.  Focusing on the following:

  • speed causes deaths and serious injuries on our roads
  • rural roads are not race tracks
  • 20mph is the only safe speed in heavily built-up areas used by pedestrians and cyclists
  • going slow = stopping in time
  • speed is scary and noisy. It stops communities being enjoyable places for children and families to walk, talk and play
  • speed cameras work. They save lives.
  • Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) is an important development that is likely to be fitted to all vehicles in the future

You can read more about the campaign here.

 

These are things we can all do as drivers to stay safe on the roads and reducing our speed is certainly one of the most important things.  But what about our cars? Regular maintenance and repairs are an essential part of keeping your car road worthy and safe:

–          Services keep your car in regular check.  A service is done in line with the car’s manufacturer guidelines. A service keeps the car running safely and efficiently. The garage will check levels of anti-freeze, oil changes, engine coolant levels.  It will check the brakes to see how long they will last.

–          Regular MOTs are a legal requirement.  They are an annual basic check of vehicle safety, roadworthiness and emissions. An MOT keeps the car safe. But for a more thorough check you need to take a car in for a regular service too.

–          Tyre safety is essential. Monitor your tyre pressure every week to ensure they comply with the UK standards. These can be found in your vehicle handbook and it is an easy check you can do yourself. The minimum tyre tread depth requirement in the UK is 1.6mm.  The correct tyre tread will keep you safe on the road. 

–          Other self-checks:

 a) You can check your own oil levels by ensuring they are in between minimum and maximum marks on the dipstick.  Do this once the car has cooled down though.

 b) Water coolant levels – another weekly check to do when the engine is cool. And when the weather turns cold, get the anti-freeze checked and topped up if necessary.

 c) Windscreen – You want to see where you are going! Glare from bright sun can show up any dirt on your windscreen and make driving very difficult. Ensure your windscreen wash is topped up for regular cleaning on the go. Also, make sure your windscreen wipers are in good condition and replace them if they are worn.  Also check for any small chips and get them fixed straight away.

 d) Lights – to ensure no bulbs need replacing. Especially important in the darker winter months.

 

These checks are straight forward and will keep your car running safely.  You can do them yourself but if not, book into your local garage.

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