It doesn't take long to give your car a quick safety check. Just give it a regular TWIRL and take it to an expert if anything's wrong.
Check the tread depth. Minimum legal depth is 1.5mm, but the more tread you have the better the grip and the safer you’ll be.
Check the tyre pressure – correct levels can usually be found on the inside door frame.
Look for cracks or bubbles in the sides.
Look for sharp objects stuck in the tyres.
Check your wiper blades for wear and tear.
Clean your mirrors and windscreen inside and out.
Get your windscreen fixed if it’s chipped or cracked.
Check your windscreen washer fluid is full and the spray is working.
Turn your hazard lights on and walk around the car – check all indicators are flashing.
Look for obvious areas of corrosion that can weaken the car’s structure.
Check lenses are clean and not cracked or hazy.
Check your headlights, reversing lights and brake lights are working. Check your back lights by reversing close to a wall so you can see the reflection in your rear view mirror.
These things can be serious, so make sure you take your car to an expert if you notice them or anything else unusual.
You could have a problem with your brakes if:
the brake pedal feels spongy
there’s a squealing noise when braking
the steering pulls to one side when you brake
there are vibrations or pulsing through the brake pedal when braking.
If it’s smoky or sounding unusual, it could be a sign that there’s a problem.
You could have a problem with shock absorbers, which directly affect steering if:
the steering wheel shakes a lot after you hit a bump or pothole
your car seems unstable on rough or unsealed roads
your car continues to rock after coming to a standstill.
Listen for unusual noises, they usually indicate something is wrong.