Drivers are being urged by Highways England to carry out safety checks on their vehicles before getting back on the road.

Some cars have been rarely used during COVID-19 lockdowns, so it’s essential to make sure they’re fit for purpose. People may also feel out of practice if they haven’t driven a car for a while.

“If you haven’t driven for a while due to lockdown, you might feel a bit strange getting back behind the wheel, and your vehicle will need a few simple checks to ensure it’s roadworthy,” said Richard Leonard, Highways England Head of Road Safety, Safety, Engineering & Standards. “Checking your tyres, oil, water, lights and fuel doesn’t take long – but it will help keep you and your loved ones safe. And if you’re on a long journey, remember to take breaks. Let’s all enjoy summer safely.”

Back on the road advice: