Highways England offers advices for those taking to the roads for the first time in a while

Traffic Officer Dave Harford / Highways England | Hillingdon Today
Traffic Officer Dave Harford / Highways England

With some Lockdown restrictions being lifted, Highways England are reminding people that any vehicle which hasn’t been on the road for some time will need a thorough check to ensure it is roadworthy and safe, and while travel should be minimised during the Easter break, now is a good time to give your car a spring clean and make sure it’s ready.

They advise that if meeting friends and family outdoors this Easter, everyone should look to minimise their travel where possible. Also, it would be good to plan ahead, travel at quiet times, regularly sanitise your hands, wear a face covering unless exempt and, where possible, keep your distance to ensure you and others can travel safely.

In a snap Twitter poll by Highways England, more than 84 per cent of respondents said that they last checked their vehicle between one to three months ago.

Highways England Traffic Officer, Dave Harford, said: “Even though we should be minimising travel following the latest government advice, if you haven’t driven for a while due to lockdown, you might feel a bit strange getting back behind the wheel.

“Checking your tyres, oil, screenwash, lights and fuel doesn’t take long – but it will help keep you and your loved ones safe.”