As many motorists across the Middle East consider taking to the roads, with national lockdowns being eased or set to be eased in the coming weeks, Continental is providing some important safety tips for motorists looking to ensure their car is in tip-top condition as it returns to action.
The guidance is shared in line with Continental’s Vision Zero strategy, a major road safety project that is targeting zero fatalities, zero injuries and zero accidents on the world’s roads. Using its vast experience in the field of automotive safety, the premium German tyre and technology brand’s ‘Moving Forward’ campaign encourages car owners across the region to take the necessary steps needed for a safe and enjoyable return to the road, including:
Tyre Inspection: Leaving a car unused for extended periods can lead to unexpected issues. For example, the tyres might develop flat spots because of the weight of the vehicle pressing down on them. It is important to keep the tyres properly inflated at all times, and to inspect them carefully before heading back out on the road – visible issues such as bulges, cracks or blisters may be spotted, and require immediate attention.
Tyre Pressure: In normal circumstances, tyre pressures should be checked regularly (every two-four weeks). Before returning to the roads, Continental recommends that drivers check the tyre pressure on their car. If pressures are too high or too low, this can cause a range of potentially dangerous issues, including overheating and loss of traction. Recommended tyre pressures can normally be found on the driver’s door post.
Battery Check: While cars have been parked up, the batteries haven’t been activated and may lose their charge. Before hitting the roads, Continental recommends switching on the engine and moving the car around a little first. If you have trouble starting, you may need to replace the battery with a new one
Brakes: With a lack of movement, brakes may be at risk of degradation. Upon starting the car, it should be moved around a little to check the brakes. If the brakes are squeaky, it’s time to change them. As always, if the car is likely to remain unused for a prolonged period of time it should nevertheless be moved regularly to ensure the brakes operate correctly.
Levels check: One of the most important aspects of car care is maintaining the right fluid and lubricant levels. As a precautionary measure before driving, it’s important to check that the engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid and coolant are at the right level. A lack of movement can lead to certain components degrading, in turn causing spills and leaks. Ensuring levels are correct will help prevent potentially dangerous engine failure, brake failure or even transmission failure.
Wipers: While stationary, dirt may build up around the windscreen wipers, potentially damaging them and reducing their effectiveness when used. It is a good idea to not only clean the wipers, but also the windscreen and paintwork to ensure the car remains in good condition for when it is used again.
Spare tyre: As life gradually returns to normal, drivers should also give their spare tyre a check-up for any damage or air pressure loss. A spare tyre will always come in handy in the event of an emergency.
Continental’s campaign is now live on its regional social media platforms. Motorists can learn more about road safety by visiting continental.com/media-center