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3 vehicle checks to carry out before your summer getaway
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3 vehicle checks to carry out before your summer getaway

02/08/2021

With travel restrictions still in place, many of us will be considering a UK based getaway this summer.

However, wear and tear caused by long journeys in heavy traffic, often with excessive baggage, can cause issues.

If your vehicle is not in tip top condition, the added stress can lead to large repair bills and pose a threat to your safety.

We’ve compiled a list of some common faults you should check before driving off to your big summer getaway.

Unsafe tyres

Research published in 2020 by Statista found that unsafe tyres contributed to 521 accidents in 2018.

The legal minimum for tyre tread depth is 1.6mm. Without this depth your car cannot properly grip the road.

Tyre pressure can also be an issue. Underinflation and side wall damage can even cause a blowout.

Faulty brakes

Statista noted 459 accidents caused by faulty brakes.

Worn brake pads, mechanical faults, and leaking fluid can all contribute to brake failure.

Faulty brakes can land motorists with a hefty fine and penalty points or worse cause a serious collision.

Fleet News reported there have been 64 fatalities due to defective brakes since 2013.

Steering faults

Faulty steering racks, loose driving belts, and damaged hydraulic pipes can all cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle.

Statisa reported 200 accidents in 2018 were caused by a fault with the steering. It is important this is checked regularly.

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Apply online and spread the cost of your next repair, MOT, or service bill.

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