Check your car before travelling this summer

Check your vehicles before travelling

Drivers enjoying a staycation in this country or travelling further afield are urged to have a good look at their vehicles before setting off on journeys.

Almost half of all breakdowns are caused by simple mechanical problems that could be avoided with simple checks. Nearly a quarter are caused by tyre problems.

Meanwhile, around 20 motorists break down every day because they have run out of fuel.

Highways England Head of Road Safety, Richard Leonard, said:

“We want all drivers to arrive at their destinations safely this summer and I’d urge motorists to make sure they are ready for their journey by checking their vehicles beforehand.

“Simple checks on tyres, fuel and oil levels help prevent breakdowns and it’s also worth making sure you’re prepared for the journey, especially in hot weather, by stocking up on water and checking travel conditions before setting off.”

Iain Geddes, from the Camping and Caravanning Club, supported that message. He said:

“Don’t forget the basic checks of the tyres and vehicle fluids before you go. Also watch out for traffic advice on the matrix signs overhead to help you have a drama-free journey.”

And Martin Spencer, from the Caravan and Motorhome Club, added:

“For anyone who is thinking about going on a caravan holiday but is intimidated by the idea of towing, they should be reassured that towing can be relaxed, easy and comfortable on our roads – you just need to get the basic set-up right and follow expert advice.”

You wouldn't pitch a tent without checking the location, so check you vehicle before you set off Photo by Lex Sirikiat on Unsplash

Helpful short videos

Highways England has produced five short instructional videos featuring traffic officer Siobhan Wares. These explain how to carry out basic checks.

The videos cover how to check:

Motorists are also urged to ensure that they have enough fuel.

The checks are not limited to your car

People are urged to make sure they are prepared for their journey when the weather is hot.

Drivers should:

  • Take a bottle of water before setting out to ensure you stay hydrated
  • Plan in breaks and leave plenty of time for journeys
  • Check the weather forecast for your destination
  • Check travel conditions before setting out and, where it is safe to do so, during journeys
  • Ensure you and your car are fit for the journey

For more information on how to carry out your vehicle checks, visit the Vehicle Checks website.