Car Safety checks before you start a journey.
If you are going for a long drive or have not driven the car for a while you will need to test the car with following safety checks:
- Check all your fluids such as oil, window cleaner and coolant.
- Check that all your lights are working properly including (headlights, taillights, indicators and stop light). To check that you stop light is working properly just ask somebody to press the pedal for you. You can park your car against the wall and push the pedal yourself. Then you can easily find out if your stop lights are working as they should. Also, you want to check if you have any other hazard lights on your dashboard, which includes abs light or any other errors.
- Check that the car is mechanically sound such as the tyres have the right pressure and tread. The panel work is safe to drive with.
Car Warning Systems
The cars have a safety warning system that has sensors which will communicate with the on-board computer chip. For example, ABS have four sensors, each for one wheel. All these sensors are checking the ABS and sending the information straight to the chip. If something is wrong with the ABS, then the sensor sends the information to the chip, and we get a warning light which indicates that something it’s wrong with it. Then the vehicle will need to be checked by a mechanic. The same rule goes to the oil pressure, temperature, power steering, fuel level or even the doors sensor that tells you if the doors have been closed properly.
Car Seat Belts
The main regulation says that all passengers must wear the seatbelts. If a passenger is a child that it’s under 14, the driver is responsible for the kid to wear the seatbelt and, he’s responsible for the correct install of the child seat.
If the vehicle it’s not equipped with seatbelts, then we don’t have to wear them (but it’s still not recommended). Also, the vehicle should not be overloaded with passengers and baggage because that will have an impact of the steering the vehicle and stopping distance. If we want to make sure what’s the maximum load in our vehicle. You should check the label on the driver’s doors which will tell us everything.
Hazard to watch out for with a car
This means that something is simply wrong with it and it shouldn’t be driven at daily basis. If for example, your car has a flat tyre, you will be required to change it immediately or call the road assistance. The next hazard could be that you put the wrong type of oil into your car. Sometimes this could cause the engine to brake and you will be required to take the vehicle off the road.
If you, for example, fill your car with the wrong type of coolant. Your car may overheat and you will be forced to stop. There may be steam coming out of under your bonnet which will indicate that you need to wait a while till the engine will cool down. After the engine will cool down you can get to the nearest mechanic and try to fix the problem. Alternatively you could call the road assistance.