The Easter Bank Holiday weekend is fast approaching and that means drivers up and down the country will be taking to the roads to get away for an extended break.
With this in mind, Highways England has published a set of top tips to help motorists to avoid the unpleasant experience that comes with a vehicle breakdown. In addition, the agency has made efforts to ensure 99 per cent of all roadworks will be completed or suspended in time for the Easter getaway.
Avoid the stress of a breakdown
Highways England customer service director Melanie Clarke commented: “Safety is our top priority and we know from experience that almost half of breakdowns can easily be avoided if motorists carry out simple vehicle checks before setting off over this period.”
Indeed, there are a number of steps owners can take to reduce their chances of a breakdown, including:
- Ensure you have enough fuel to reach your destination, or schedule in stops to refuel if needed
- Check your vehicle’s engine oil before embarking on any long journey
- Ensure tyres are in good condition and tread depth is above the legal minimum of 1.6 mm
- Make sure all lights are working (indicators, hazard lights, headlights, fog lights, reverse lights and brake lights) before setting off
Carrying out these simple checks can make all the difference in terms of maintaining vehicle preparedness. This is especially important, as figures from Highways England show that half of all breakdowns come as a result of mechanical failure.
Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “A breakdown can be a harrowing experience for many people, so doing all you can to prepare your vehicle and keep it in tip-top condition is important.”