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Preventing breakdowns this summer

Over the Summer you may be planning holidays, to ensure you have a smooth and safe journey it’s vital you carry  out some simple checks to avoid a breakdown.

1. Tyre Tread

All tyres are legally required to have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm. 

Driving without the legally required amount of tread can adversely affect your grip, braking distance and steering. If you’re stopped by the police and found with illegal tyres, you could receive a fine and penalty points.

2. Lights

If your indicators, hazard lights, headlights, fog lights, reverse lights or brake lights aren’t working properly, you’re putting yourself and others at risk. 

3. Screen Wash

To ensure you have good visibility, always keep your screen wash topped up so you can clear any debris or dirt off your windscreen. Also, check your windscreen wiper blades to ensure they’re not dirty, worn or damaged. 

4. Oil

Use your dipstick dipstick to check oil regularly and top up if needed.

Maintaining the correct oil level is essential as the oil lubricates, cleans, cools and protects the moving parts of your engine, preventing your engine from seizing up and breaking down. 

For more information visit the National Highways website.

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