Cleveland Fire Brigade is warning motorists to ensure their car is prepared for winter after almost two thirds of vehicles checked during a winter safety campaign were found to have one or more faults.
The Brigade teamed up with garages National Tyres and Autocare, Middlesbrough Tyre & Autocentre and Derek Campbell Exhaust & Tyre Centre to give free two-minute drive-thru checks including tyres, lights, wipers, fluid levels and washer bottle at Coulby Newham Fire Station.
Of the 72 vehicles that were put through the five point safety check by our partner garages, 45 (62.5%) had one or more faults identified and 20 vehicles (28%) had multiple faults identified.
Seventeen vehicles had one or more tyres under the legal 1.6mm which brings an increased danger of a blow-out and taking longer to pull up to a stop in an emergency.
Sixteen vehicles had low engine oil levels meaning there is an increased risk of over-heating, break-down or the engine seizing. Nine cars had bulbs blown and 10 needed wiper blades replacing.
In addition, quite a few drivers didn’t know where their bonnet catch was located - another indication that vehicles are not being regularly checked by their owners.
Twenty seven vehicles (37.5%) had a clean bill of health.
Andrew Bright, Learn and Live Co-ordinator with Cleveland Fire Brigade, said:
“A two minute check is a vital investment to prevent getting into difficulty on the road - and could even save a life. Don’t wait till your car is next in the garage for MOT or service - it might be too late.
“Most reputable garages offer a similar free winter safety check to the one we conducted and would encourage motorists to take the opportunity and make sure they don’t get caught out as the weather becomes more challenging.”