road safety weekThe 21st to 27th November 2016 is Road Safety Week.  Why is there a week dedicated to road safety and what events will be running?

You can read about the campaign here http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/

#makethebreak offers people a chance to pledge to drive less and be safer on the roads. You can make your pledge on the website. Pledge to stay silent and keep off your mobile phone while driving. Stay sober – don’t drink and drive. Slow down – keep within the speed limits. Stay secure – buckle up. Stay sharp with updated eye tests and not driving when tired.

These are things we can all do as drivers to stay safe on the roads. But how can we make our cars safe?

  • Regular Mots are the minimum safety requirement, as set out by the government. 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.
  • Services check in more depth in line with the car’s manufacturer guidelines. A service keeps the car running. 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.
  • Tyre safety is essential. Monitor your tyre pressure every week to ensure they comply with the manufacturers settings. These can be found in your vehicle handbook. The minimum tyre tread depth requirement in the UK is 1.6mm. The correct tyre tread will keep you safe on the road.  This is a check you can do yourself.
  • Other self-checks:
    • You can check your own oil levels by ensuring they are in between minimum and maximum marks on the dipstick.
    • 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.
    • Lights – to ensure no bulbs need replacing. Especially important in the darker winter months.

So go over and check out the campaign at the road safety week website.

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