As the coronavirus lockdown begins to ease, thousands of employees across the country begin returning to work and using their vehicles again daily for the first time in several weeks.
Considering the Government’s encouragement for people to avoid public transport, MBS would like to share with you some useful tips to consider when driving to work post-lockdown.
- Make sure your car is roadworthy
Before driving on the road again it is vital you perform several checks to make sure your vehicle is safe to drive. Many faults can occur when a vehicle is left unused for several weeks. Important checks you should carry out on your car are as follows:
Check tyre pressures, including the spare, and inspect for any cuts or tears.
Open the bonnet and check no animals are resting or have chewed through any cables or pipes.
Check all fluid levels.
Check all your lights are working. This includes your hazard lights, indicators, fog lights, reverse lights, brake lights and headlights.
Check your fuel level and make sure you have enough to get to your destination.
Check the brakes, including the handbrake. Brakes tend to seize up if your vehicle is left for a long time. If this is the case, it is normal to hear your brakes grind and squeak on first application.
- A note on MOTs
It is vital you check that your car’s MOT and tax are still valid, and if you issued a SORN on your vehicle that it has been removed.
Whilst MOTs were granted a six-month extension at the end of March 2020 due to the coronavirus, it is still your responsibility to make sure your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition before driving.
- Preventative measures
It is important to remember that taking measures to reduce the spread of the virus should be a priority. Whether you are simply driving to and from work, or are using your vehicle throughout your working day, it is vital you consider the following measures to prevent contamination.
Carry hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes with you in your glove compartment.
Wipe down all touch points frequently, especially if you are driving with other passengers.
Carry gloves and face masks to offer passengers and to protect yourself.
Consider fitting protective screens between the driver and passenger if your job involves travelling with others.
- Be mindful of vulnerable road users
It is important to remember that lockdown has dramatically increased the quantity of pedestrians and cyclists out on the roads. Drivers should be particularly vigilant to speed limits and road signs and make sure they give priority to any pedestrians who may not remember to look out for cars.
When driving through rural roads, drivers should also pay close attention to sharp bends and poor surfaces where they are very likely to come across many pedestrians, cyclists, and horse riders.
If your Porsche, Mercedes, Mini, or BMW has been standing for a long time, we recommend booking in for a full service here at MBS. Our friendly team of knowledgeable technicians will be able to help you get your vehicle back on the road safely in no time.
For further guidance on driving to work safely post-lockdown, please feel free to get in touch on 01392 493 222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.