Drivers and businesses are being urged to check that both they and their vehicles are ready for the road by a new campaign as the coronavirus lockdown eases.
Driving for Better Business and Tyresafe have launched #ReadyForTheRoad, which advises how drivers can be safe on their return to the roads after a spell on the sidelines.
Simon Turner, campaign manager for Driving for Better Business, said: “The lockdown has meant that many people who normally drive for work have either been working from home or furloughed, and their vehicles may not have moved for weeks.
“We therefore need to ensure that both drivers and vehicles are ready for the road.”
The campaign advises drivers to check their tax and insurance are valid, as these can easily be forgotten.
It said another anticipated challenge is that drivers’ road skills have not been used as regularly or for as long, which may mean they need to give themselves time to readjust to driving again.
Equally, may other road users will also be in the same position and they should be prepared for any journey with extra patience.
Turner said drivers should also carry out a number of vehicle checks before setting out.
He added: “During weeks of lockdown, a small leak could have drained a fluid reservoir, while tyres could easily have lost some pressure and may have a flat spot if the vehicle hasn’t been moved.
“Don’t forget to stick to speed limits, remember other road users are also coming back after a long lay-off and may not be fully alert, and realise you may suffer fatigue quicker until you have fully readjusted.”
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, added: “Tyres don’t like standing around, especially when they’re exposed to the climate and UV rays, which accelerates the ageing process.
“Ensuring there are no signs of cracking and that air pressures are correct can easily be checked but, if you’re unsure, a tyre retailer will be willing to help.
“It’s imperative drivers do carry out these checks now lockdown has begun to ease and get themselves into the habit of maintaining their tyres on a regular basis.”