Are you ready for the road?
At GEM Motoring Assist, we are encouraging drivers to ensure they return to the roads safely, as COVID-19 restrictions ease and the summer holidays get underway. Read on for our simple advice for drivers to ensure you and your vehicle are safe on the roads.
GEM chief executive Neil Worth comments: “Many people will have reduced or even stopped their road journeys altogether since the most recent lockdown was introduced. Now, as restrictions ease and the roads become busier, we encourage drivers to consider their own safety, as well as carry out some basic checks on the car they will be driving – to ensure it’s in the best possible shape.”
Driver wellbeing – protecting yourself as a driver
- Get an eye test. Good eyesight is essential for safe driving, so if you haven’t had your eyes checked in the past 12 months, make a point of booking a professional vision test.
- Stay alert, throughout your journey. Banish dangerous distractions such as mobile phones, and ensure you take regular breaks on long journeys.
Vehicle wellbeing – making sure your vehicle is roadworthy
- Check your oil and screenwash levels. Check your lights are all clean and working. Check the dashboard. If any warning lights stay on, make sure you know what they mean and take the appropriate corrective action (which could mean not driving the car at all).
- Check tyres for tread and pressure. Also, if you haven’t driven for a while, examine the tyre walls to check for any strange lumps or bulges. Anything that doesn’t look right should be checked by a garage as soon as possible.
GEM’s collection of short ‘How to…’ videos will help all car owners conduct basic maintenance on their vehicle. This includes MOT checks, tyre pressure and tread, oil and screenwash levels.
GEM is also reminding drivers of some key dates and facts in the government’s recently-published calendar relating to the lifting of restrictions
- There is no MOT ‘holiday’ in place. Garages are permitted to operate, so if your vehicle’s MOT is due, you must ensure you get it done.
- If your licence expired between 1 February and 31 December 2020 then you benefit from an automatic 11-month extension. Any licence expiring after 1 January 2021 needs to be renewed as normal.
(Dates apply to England. Dates in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales may be different.)