Whilst Sundays are traditionally reserved for hangovers, eating roast dinners and ploughing through papers swollen with supplements, they are also a working day for us police.
This means that when our shifts dictate we’re on duty on the seventh day, rather than sleep in and then get dragged around the park by the dog, we all get up super early and head to the station to solve crimes.
As good as Sundays are for solving crimes (or at least, they’re no worse than any other day), we find they’re also a good day for checking over our vehicles to make sure the wheels aren’t about to fall off.
A periodic check up is always a good idea to keep your motor-vehicle safe and Sunday represents an excellent day to use as a sensible period.
Here’s what you’ll want to check for in a list that’ll eat up no more than five minutes of your valuable Sunday -
- Grip – Have the tyres got enough tread? 1.6 mm is the legal minimum, peek at the wear indicators to quickly see how deep your tread is
- Tyre pressure – Is the tyre pressure right? The correct pressure should be on the wall of the tyre, check it for free at the garage
- Illumination – Are all of your lights in working order?
- Visibility – Are your windscreen wipers showing any sign of wear? Have you got screen wash?
- Seatbelts – Are they in good order ready to prevent you doing an involuntary Superman impression through the window during a collision?
The above are all road safety-orientated checks that take moments to complete and help keep you and other road users safe.
Less essential but still important checks are as follows -
- Apparel – Are your manly leather driving gloves frayed? If so, replace them!
- Snacking – Do you have a ready supply of non-brand specific circular mints in the glove box?
- Tunes – Are any of your ‘Classic Driving Power Ballads’ CDs scratched?
And if you happen to be driving a police car, you’ll also want to check -
- Are you carrying a scene log and tape?
- Have you got enough exhibit bags and tags?
- Does the police Airwave radio work?
Whilst I’m happy to accept that a lot of the points off the latter two lists are probably not all that important, the same can’t be said about those on the first list.
Poorly maintained vehicles, worn bulbs and a lack of visibility are factors that regularly crop up as contributing causes to accidents so it really is a good idea to follow our lead and lend a little of your Sunday to making sure you and your family are safe when out on the roads.