Driving After Lockdown

Since March this year many of us have only left our homes for the essentials, leaving the roads quiet. After this amount of time without driving you may be feeling less confident about getting behind the wheel. With the UK gradually relaxing the lockdown restrictions, here’s our top tips for getting back into driving mode.

Car fluids
This covers things like engine oil, windscreen wash, coolant, brake fluid and power steering fluid. Take some time to ensure these fluids are topped up and that you have some spares in your boot. This is one of the easiest things you can do to make sure your car performs at its best.

Car tyres
Your tyres protect you and your passengers safety – especially ahead of a long journey (any amount of travel exceeding 45 minutes). Be vigilant about the tread and condition of your tyres, it’s a legal requirement whilst your car is on the road.

  • There should be no cuts, nicks or cracking visible on the tyres.
  • They should have at least 2mm of tread – there’s a marker in your tyre’s tread pattern to show where the minimum level is.

Don’t forget to check your tyre pressure too. It’s likely they’ll need to be ‘pumped up’ if you haven’t driven for a while.

Car battery
It’s a good idea to head out to your car, start it up and leave it running for a few minutes at least once a week. This will keep the battery charged up and stop it from going empty whilst you may not be driving as much. It would also be a good idea to invest in some jumper cables to keep in your car boot.

Car lights
The most important part of your car is its lights. Rain, darkness and fog are just some of the things that you may need them for and they can come at any time when driving.

We strongly recommend checking the condition of your lights before any trip. High beams, dipped and indicator lights should be tested and if necessary replacement bulbs purchased for those not working before going on the road again. This is another example where having spares on hand will save you time and maybe even money.