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Practice Safe Check's - Drivesafely

Practice Safe Check's

Working in partnershipw with Autohome Recovery and ProTyre, the Bedfordshire and Luton Casualty Reduction partnership are running FREE vehicle safety checks throughout October.


We are proud to confirm the following venues and dates which are open to the general public.











8th Oct



1000 – 1700



Retail Park Gypsy Lane Luton,  LU1 3JH


9th Oct



1000 –1700



Sainsbury’s Superstore Bells Brook Biggleswade,  SG18 0NA


19th Oct



1000 –1700



Morrison’s Supermarket High Street Houghton Regis,  LU5 5D 





1000 –1700



ASDA Supermarket Wigmore Lane Luton,  LU2 9TA

The venue and dates below are offered as a FREE training course covering “Vehicle safety checks”. 

Follow the link at the bottom of the page to complete the booking form to secure your place:

















1000 –1200



Biggleswade Fire Station









1900 – 2100



Dunstable Fire Station







1900 –2100


Luton Fire Station




24th Oct


1000 –1200


Dunstable Fire Station





It doesn’t take long to give your car a quick safety check.  Give your car the once over and take it to an expert if you think anything is wrong.


  • Check the tread depth.  Cars must have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread across the central three quarters of the tyre around its entire circumference.  Many vehicle manufacturers recommend changing your tyres at 3mm tread depth to maintain safe contact with the road surface. 

  • Check the tyre pressure – correct levels can usually be found on the inside door frame or on the inside of your fuel flap.

  • Tyres must also be well maintained in order to keep the vehicle stable as it travels around corners and to assist with effective braking.                   

  • Look for cracks or bulges in the sidewalls. These defects can have serious consequences so gain advice from a tyre expert.

  • Look for sharp objects stuck in your tyres. Do not extract any objects from your tyre; seek professional advice in the first instance from a tyre professional.

  • If you have a flat tyre on your journey, park your vehicle in a safe place/position, wear your hi-vis jacket and move away from your vehicle to a safe place.  Call a tyre expert with accurate information as to your location and wait for them to attend change your defective tyre.                                                  

Legal requirement for tyres please refer to:  http://www.tyresafe.org/


  • Check your wiper blades for wear, tear and splits

  • Clean your mirrors and windscreen inside and out

  • Get your windscreen repaired or replaced if it’s chipped or cracked

  • Check your windscreen washer fluid is full and the spray jets are clear of debris.  It is vital to have the correct mix of water and screen wash; this will protect it from freezing in the winter and also improve its effectiveness at cleaning the screen.


  • Turn your hazard lights on and walk around your vehicle – check all indicators are flashing and the lenses are in good order.


  • Check your lenses are clean and not cracked or hazy.

  • Check headlights, reversing lights and brake lights are working.  It is a legal requirement to have fully functional lights throughout.  Refer to your vehicle manual for accurate information on how to replace and change bulbs. 

  • If you are alone, check your back lights by reversing close to a wall or window so you can see the reflection in your rear view mirror or side mirrors.


  • Oil level must be checked with your vehicle on level ground.  Follow your manufacturer’s manual for correct procedures.

  • The dip stick should be taken from the engine and wiped clean with a cloth or tissue.  Re-insert the dipstick into the engine and take it back out again.  By cleaning the dipstick and re-inserting it, you will get a true reading of your oil levels.

  • If your vehicle requires more oil, check against your vehicle the specific type of oil required.

  • Always refer to your handbook to ensure you are carrying out the correct checks associated with your own vehicle.

  • Book your vehicle in for a regular service to maintain all round performance



These things can be serious so make sure you take your car to an expert if you notice them or anything else unusual with your vehicle.


You could have a problem with your brakes if:

  • The brake pedal feels spongy.
  • There is a squealing noise when braking.
  • The steering pulls to one side when you brake.
  • There are vibrations or pulsing through the brake pedal when braking.


You could have a problem with shock absorbers, which directly affect steering if:

  • The steering wheel shakes a lot after you hit a bump or pothole.
  • Your car seems unstable on rough or poorly maintained roads.
  • Steering can be affected if you have inconsistent wear on your tyres, incorrect inflation or the tracking/wheel alignment is out of adjustment.

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