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Derin Clark

Derin Clark

Online Reporter
Published: 12/05/2021

As lockdown restrictions continue to ease, a lot of drivers will be taking to the roads after months of staying at home. While many motorists will be looking forward to getting behind the wheel again, after such a long period of not driving, it is important that drivers ensure that their vehicles are safe to drive.

Here are some tips for getting back onto the road safely after lockdown.

Staying safe behind the wheel

For some drivers, it will have been months since they have gotten behind the wheel, so motorists should ensure that they are safe to drive again. For some drivers, it might be worthwhile doing a few shorter trips to get used to driving again, especially as the roads are becoming busier, before embarking on a long journey.

Ensure all documents are up to date

With vehicles not being used, many drivers will have let their car insurance and road tax elapse without renewing. If this has happened, now is the time to make sure that all necessary documents are up to date and in order. Drivers needing to renew their car insurance policy can compare the best deals currently available on our car insurance page.

Make sure the vehicle is safe to drive

By law, it is essential that vehicles have an up-to-date MOT before being driven, so drivers who have missed their MOT due to their car being off the road during lockdowns should ensure that they are booked in before taking to the road again. As well as this, drivers may want to consider getting their vehicle serviced to fix any smaller issues that the MOT will not pick up.

Have the right breakdown cover

Whether taking long journeys or just doing short trips, motorists should consider getting breakdown cover in case anything goes wrong with their vehicle. As well as this, drivers should be careful to ensure that they choose the right type of breakdown cover for their needs. Often, breakdown providers will offer different types of cover, which vary in price, depending on what the driver needs. For example, LV-Britannia Rescue offers five different levels of cover, while The AA allows drivers to add an extra level of cover to their policy to build a package unique to their needs. 

Motorists can compare different breakdown cover deals available on our breakdown cover page.

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