Before heading away on a holiday road trip, give your car a TWIRL

Publish Date
Friday, 20 December 2013, 12:00AM
It doesn't take long to give your car a quick safety check the TWIRL checklist. Take it to an expert if anything's wrong.

Tyres: Check the tread depth. Minimum legal depth is 1.5mm but the more tread you have the better the grip and the safer you'll be. Check the tyre pressure – correct levels are usually found on the inside door frame. Look for cracks or bubbles in the sides. Look for sharp objects stuck in the tyres.

Windscreen:, wipers and mirrors Check your wiper blades for wear and tear. Clean your mirrors and windscreen outside and inside. Get your windscreen fixed if it's chipped or cracked. Check your windscreen washer fluid is full.

Indicators: Put your hazard lights on and walk around the car, checking all indicators are flashing.

Rust: Look for obvious areas of corrosion that can weaken the car's structure.

Lights: Check lenses are clean and not cracked or hazy. Check your headlights, reversing lights and brake lights are working. Check your back lights by reversing close to a wall and looking at the reflection in your rear view mirror.