The ultimate care safety checklist: Top 5 checks you need to make
From the lights to the tyres, we walk you through the top 5 points to check to ensure your safety when driving
Having and following a car safety checklist is an essential teaching tool for both new drivers and experienced drivers.
It’s vital that everyone who owns a car understands the way that systems in your vehicle function to ensure you and your passengers are safe when driving.
We have put together a simple and easy to understand car safety checklist that every single driver should read and perform.
Did you know that you should perform this 5 point car safety check at least 4 times a year on your vehicle?
1. Make sure the lights and signals are functioning properly
Before you drive in traffic, you need to conduct a basic check of the lights and signals.
This check will ensure your hazards and blinkers (indicators) are flashing correctly at both the front and back of your car.
Check to see if your lights (both brights and normal lights) are working and that your reverse lights work.
Lastly, check that your brake lights are working too!
If there is a light not working properly, then pop into your local hardware store or mechanic. This should be a quick and easy fix to replace the light bulb, of course, this will depend on your car.
2. Tread and condition of your tyres
One of the most important safety checks is the inspection of your tyres.
Remember - your tyres are what keep your car on the road and are essential to your safety.
The first thing you need to do is check the condition of your tyres’ sidewalls. You need to look for any bulges, cuts or nicks.
Next, check the tread depth of your tyres. According to South African law, your treads need to be at least 1.6mm deep.
You can check this using a tread depth gauge (these are not expensive to buy if you haven’t got one). Ensure you check both the inside and outside of your tyres. Have a look at this awesome article published by Good Year - this will give you a clear idea on how to properly check your tread depth.
Finally, you need to check the tyre pressure. You can do this at your nearest fuel station. Have a look inside your car’s manual and find out exactly what pressure your tyres should be.
3. Check your brake system
Your braking system in your vehicle is the most vital safety check. You need to check your brakes thoroughly and properly. The best thing to do is to have your brakes checked by a professional mechanic to ensure they are in working order.
If your car shudders when you brake, if your brakes are making a noise or if you feel as though your brakes are not working as well as they should be, then you definitely need to get your car checked by a mechanic and possibly get your brake pads replaced with new ones.
4. Check the fluid levels
A number of drivers don’t realise how important the fluids levels in their car are. Just how humans need water to function, your car needs water and a number of other fluids to work properly too!
Many mechanical issues are linked to problems with engine fluids.
It’s a good idea to check your fluids regularly. These include:
● Engine oil
● Engine coolant
● Power steering fluid
● Brake fluid
● Transmission fluid
5. Warning lights (safety and electrical components)
Do you know that blinking red light on your dashboard? Well, this should not be ignored.
You need to check your instrument panel on your dash to ensure no warning lights such as ‘check engine’ or ‘SRS’ are illuminated.
Check the dash and check to also make sure your hooter works properly.
Your final check should be your seat belts. Ensure these are smooth and can buckle in properly.
Are you covered for the unexpected?
After performing all the right checks, you are just about ready to drive! But, before you get out onto the crazy roads of South Africa, we just have one question - are you covered for the unexpected accidents and issues on the road?
What happens when you get in a bumper bashing? Can you afford to fix your car right now if you don’t have car insurance?
Vehicle insurance covers you for the expected, unexpected and everything in between. And if you get insurance with Oneplan (that’s us), our comprehensive cover ensures you are covered for more than just third party cover, and at the price you can afford.
We let you choose HOW much cover you want and at a price that suits your wallet. Making our car insurance affordable and easy to use.
Did we mention we also don’t ask you to get your vehicle inspected?
Yours in uncomplicated car insurance,