Safety Check your vehicle!


Highways England is calling on drivers to commit to checking their vehicles on a more regular basis as it reveals the most common day for breakdowns is a Friday.

In 2018, Highways England recorded nearly 36,000 breakdowns on a Friday compared to just over 29,000 on a Sunday. The total number of breakdowns recorded during 2018 was more than 223,000.

Now, the government-owned company has launched a campaign encouraging drivers to carry out basic checks on their vehicles to help reduce the number of breakdowns.

  • Check tyres: prior to setting off on a long/significant journey, check your tyre pressures are suitable for the load and the condition of your tyres, including the spare. Look out for cuts or wear and make sure the tyres have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm, which is the legal limit.
  • Check engine oil: use your dipstick to check oil regularly and before any long journey, and top up if needed. Take your car back to the garage if you’re topping up more than usual.
  • Check water: to ensure you have good visibility, always keep your screen wash topped up so you can clear debris or dirt off your windscreen.
  • Check lights: if your indicators, hazard lights, headlights, fog lights, reverse lights or brake lights are not functioning properly, you are putting yourself and your family at risk. In addition, light malfunctions can be a reason for your vehicle to fail its MOT.
  • Check fuel: before setting out, check your fuel levels and make sure you have enough to get to your destination.

“We want everyone to get to their destination safely and drivers can help themselves by carrying out simple checks before they set off,” Richard Leonard, the Head of Road Safety at Highways England, said. “Breakdowns can often be prevented by carrying out basic checks that can prevent your vehicle breaking down.”

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