Your vehicle goes through a lot when battling the winter elements, that’s why it is so important to ensure you perform routine safety checks on your vehicle. From the tyres to the battery it is important to check everything is in safe, working order to keep your vehicle roadworthy and keep your business moving.
As discussed previously in the article “Know your legal tyre tread depth”, there are many things that you should be looking for when checking your vehicle’s tyres. Tyres are extremely important to the efficiency of your van and also your own safety.
6% of fatal accidents in the UK are caused by under-inflated tyres suddenly failing. Under-inflated tyres are prone to overheat and over-inflated tyres can cause a lack of control, which increases the chance of collision.
If found having under or over-inflated tyres it is possible to be fined £2,500 per tyre!
It is also vital to check the tyre tread depths. The Legal limit of which is 1.6mm (approx height of a 10p coin).
It is time to change tyres when there is; noticeable deterioration, a loss of performance (particularly in poor weather conditions) and when it takes longer to stop when braking.
24% of weather-related vehicle incidents occur during bad weather (e.g. Snow, Sleet, Ice etc)
Your vehicle’s engine requires more power to start when the temperature is colder and low temperatures make it harder for your battery to provide power.
It is recommended to have your vehicle’s electrical system tested, including the battery and the alternator, and to check the battery with a Voltmeter to make sure it is in good condition. The reading should be 12.4 Volts or higher.
It is important to check the battery’s surrounding components too. Make sure cables, posts and fasteners are in good shape and battery connections are clean and tight.