Basic car maintenance saves you money and helps reduce the risk of a breakdown.
These basic safety checks are easy to do and only take a few minutes each week.
Basic safety checks
Check all exterior lights are working. This can be easily done in the garage by checking their reflection against the walls.
Check that glass surfaces (including the mirrors) are clean and free from chips, cracks, and scratches.
Check that the windscreen wipers and washers operate efficiently.
Make sure the horn works.
Test the handbrake to ensure it 'holds' the car on steep hills.
Check the condition of the seat belts. Make sure the webbing is not worn, damaged or sun bleached. Test the mechanism by giving the belt a sharp tug to make sure it locks.
Check tyre pressures, condition, and tread wear and depth.
Watch for oil or coolant spots on the garage floor. These could indicate an emerging problem.