Maintaining your Vehicle

A simple checklist to help keep you safe on the road

Staying safe on the road doesn’t mean you have to spend hours checking that your vehicle is in working order. A quick FLOWERS check done on a regular basis will help to keep you safe, your vehicle in good running order, and hopefully reduce the need for expensive repair bills.

Follow the simple FLOWERS pneumonic:

  • Fuel – Check you have enough fuel for your journey
  • Lights – Check the lights are clean and the bulbs are all working   
  • Oil – Check the oil to make sure it’s at the correct level 
  • Water - Check the coolant and windscreen washer levels    
  • Electrics – Check the battery is in good condition
  • Rubber – Check the tyres for signs of wear, check that the tread depths are above the legal minimum requirement of 1.6mm (it is advisable to replace a tyre if the tread depth is less than 3mm), and check that the tyre pressures are correct
  • Self – Are YOU fit to drive? 

The FLOWERS leaflet is available for download here.


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