The prospect of a long car journey can be a daunting one. The idea of negotiating mile after mile, bend after bend and junction after junction in order to avoid suffering an accident on the road can make you feel tired and weak before you have even set off.
As much as you may want to get moving, prior to putting the keys in the ignition and getting your mission started, there a number of vital car safety checks that need to be conducted first.
How important are safety checks when it comes to preventing road traffic accidents?
The short answer is very. Quite simply, a safe and well-maintained car, whilst no guarantee that you won’t suffer a road accident, makes it far less likely and ensures your car is better placed to withstand an incident on the road should it occur.
The first area of the car to check before you set off is the tyres. Tyre pressure should be checked at least once a fortnight anyway and definitely before long journeys. The correct tyre pressure should be detailed in your manual and it is imperative your tyres match this before setting off. Whilst checking the pressure, also cast an eye over the tyres for signs of damage. Cuts on the sidewall, for example, indicate that a tyre needs replacing whilst one which requires regular air top ups may well have a slow puncture. Nothing guarantees a serious incident on the road quite as well as a tyre blow out so they should be avoided at all costs.
The next step is to locate and check the contents of the toolkit. At the very least, a jack and wheel removal tools should be present. If you are able to change a tyre yourself, it could save significant time should you suffer a break down en route.
Another vital check is the oil. Dipping below the threshold on a motorway or somewhere else you cannot stop can damage the car and all too easily lead to a traffic accident.
Water levels, screen-wash and the condition of the wipers are also important checks as you can never be sure of the weather conditions as you drive.
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Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice