In order to have a safe journey during half term it is important to carry out certain safety checks so that you avoid a car accident. Here are five important checks to make especially before a long, half-term car journey:
- Check oil levels to avoid a car crash: If the oil level drops to below a certain level this can cause considerable damage to the engine and could potentially cause a road traffic accident should the vehicle break down.
- Make sure your tyres are correctly inflated: In order to avoid a car accident ensure your tyres are inflated to the right pressure. If you do not know what this is always refer to your car manual. Deflated tyres could cause a significant car crash as it means you have less handling.
- Top up the washer fluid: This may seem like quite a minor check but it is an important one which if not checked could cause a car accident. If your car runs out of washer fluid and something suddenly hits the screen such as dirt the lack of water could mean the window is obstructed which could easily cause a road traffic accident.
- Fuel up before you leave: Another check which seems quite simple but is essential when going on a car journey. Always ensure you have plenty of fuel before you set off. If you let the tank become empty then the car could quite suddenly cut out which could cause a car crash especially on a busy, fast road.
- Make sure the child locks are on: If you have young children it is a good idea to check the child locks have been activated. This will stop any young hands being tempted to open a door thus distracting the driver and potentially causing a road traffic accident.
There are several other checks which should be carried out before your half term car journey but the above should be considered a priority.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice