Highways England and partners are encouraging motorists to show their vehicle some TLC in lockdown.

It follows a new survey of the nation’s drivers, revealing more than half – 54 percent – do not know when their next service is due and nearly a third – 32 percent – of road users admit they only carry out basic vehicle maintenance, such as checking their tyre pressure or oil levels, at best every few months or never.

In response to the survey, Highways England, breakdown provider, Green Flag, and retailer, Halfords – are highlighting the importance of basic maintenance and checks in helping road users to avoid breakdowns or endangering themselves and other drivers.

“Doing regular maintenance, rather than waiting until the end of lockdown is in sight, will ensure their vehicles still work and preventable breakdowns are avoided when restrictions are lifted and the nation gets back on the road,” said Jeremy Phillips, Head of Road User Safety at Highways England.

Drivers are urged to:

  • Check tyres – check your tyre pressures are suitable for the load and their condition, including the spare. Always look out for cuts or wear and make sure tyres have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm.
  • Check fuel – before every journey, check your fuel levels and make sure you have enough to get to your destination. Always keep your tank at least one quarter full.
  • Check engine oil – use your dipstick to check oil regularly. Top up if needed. Take your car to a garage if filling more than usual.
  • Check screen wash – check your water is within the minimum and maximum markings.
  • Check lights – look at whether indicators, hazard lights, headlights, fog lights, reverse lights and brake lights are functioning properly.