Jack and I have always spent a lot of time on the road. We love driving and exploring new places locally and not so local too, hello North Yorkshire! Our safety has and always will be our top priority, especially now as a family of three.
Spending so much time on the road, you get to see first hand just how dangerous driving can be if you’re not abiding to simple safety checks and road rules. Today I thought I’d share a little checklist of things you should always do/abide by when travelling in your car, short or long distance.
For many of you reading, I’m sure this is always a given. Straight into the car and seatbelt is fastened, but so many people(especially passengers) fail to do this on a daily basis. A study* conducted in 2014 showed that 7% of British road users don’t wear seatbelts. This number may be small but that is still thousands of people driving without their seatbelt on. Even if you’re just popping to the local shops, you should always wear your seatbelt.
Steering Clear of Distractions
We are a generation addicted to our smart phones and social media. So when a notification pops up we reach straight for our phones and take a look at who’s “liking” what. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve seen drivers on their mobile phones whilst behind the wheel. Even if you are stationary you shouldn’t pick up your phone and have a “quick look” because all it takes is one second of lost attention for something fatal to happen.
TOP TIP: If you feel distracted by your phones notifications and alerts, switch your phone onto do not disturb or aeroplane mode until you reach your destination.
I’m not very knowledgeable when it comes to the inner workings of cars, but like anything, your car needs to be in good shape to be able to perform at its best, which is why regular servicing is important and could prevent accidents and high garage bills. Of course, your car also needs to pass it’s MOT which it has a higher chance of doing if you’ve had it serviced through the year leading up to your test. If you’re looking at having your MOT done soon, then hassle-free booking for your MOT test is available at Iverson Tyres Middlesex Branch.
Keeping Your Tyres in Good Condition
Did you know that your tyres have a tread on them, which over time wears away and should it fall beneath 1.6mm your vehicle legally isn’t allowed on the roads? Although for the best safety it is recommended to not let your tyre tread exceed 3mm. If you’re unsure about your tyre tread, you can buy a handy little tool that will measure it for you that you can keep in your glove box.
Wheel Alignment is Really Important
Poorly aligned wheels can cause a number of safety issues, including uneven breaking and tricky steering, thus leading to a potential road accident. If you think your car may need to have its wheels aligned, it’s important not to delay and get your car booked in to be seen ASAP.
What are your top tips for safety on the road? Do you always make sure to do these things here in my tips? Let me know and safe travelling!