Your Vehicle Checklist

Vehicle Checklist

Before leaving on any trip, drivers should perform key vehicle safety checks. This is even more important when preparing for a long trip such as going on holiday.

Emergency equipment

Do not begin your journey without the following emergency equipment in your vehicle:

  • Emergency reflective vest.
  • Warning triangle.
  • First aid kit.

Ensure that all your lights are working properly so that you can see and be seen.

Indicator lights

Ensure that your indicators are in working order so that you can signal your intentions to other road users.


Check to make sure that your windscreen is not cracked or chipped. Certain cracks and chips can be repaired, but in many cases a damaged windscreen must be replaced. A damaged windscreen reduces visibility, and it increases your risk in the event of a crash.

Wiper blades

Your windshield wipers should take water off your windscreen without streaks or smears. If there are streaks or smears, replace your wiper blades.


Your wheels must be securely fastened. Make sure that they are in a good state of repair. Have wheel balancing and alignment done regularly so that your tyres wear evenly.


Make sure your tyres have enough tread, at least 1.6mm, to keep your tyres street legal. Check your tyre pressure when you refuel and adjust the pressure when you carry heavy loads.


Have your vehicle’s shock absorbers checked from time to time and replace them in good time. Worn shock absorbers are extremely dangerous because they affect your vehicle’s braking and handling.


Check for oil leaks underneath your vehicle. Have your oil checked when you refuel your vehicle.

Brakes and brake fluid

Most modern vehicles will alert you if your brake fluid is low. Have this checked from time to time. Check your brakes from time to time, including your handbrake. Your handbrake should be able to hold your vehicle on a slope. If you struggle to stop or you hear a scraping sound when you apply the brake, have it checked by a mechanic as soon as possible to prevent expensive damage to your brake system.

Power steering fluid

Most modern vehicles will alert you if your power steering fluid levels are low. Have this checked from time to time.


Examine your battery for any signs of cracks, leaks or corrosion on the terminals. Have your battery checked if you struggle to start.


Make sure that your vehicle’s coolant is always maintained at the recommended level. Have this checked when you refuel.

Steering wheel

Make sure your steering wheel is in good working condition. Qualified technicians can pick up certain concerns that the everyday driver may miss. If your vehicle pulls to one side, have your steering and wheel alignment checked.