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Driving fine: drivers are advised to carry out the necessary checks to avoid fines

As the end of the school holidays approaches, motorists across the UK have been urged to ensure the safety of their vehicles if they plan to take any road trips. Indeed, drivers who fail to carry out certain necessary checks can be fined up to £2,500 and given three points for operating a vehicle in an unsafe condition.

With two weeks left before the start of the school year in some parts of the UK, motorists must also carry out checks to ensure the safety of their children when traveling.

One of the most important checks drivers should perform is to see if their clutch pedal feels stiff, as this could be a sign of a failing clutch cable.

For manual cars, every time the gear is changed, the clutch experiences pressure and over time this can affect a vehicle’s clutch cables.

One of the main signs of a failing clutch pedal is a stiff clutch pedal.

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Motorists should also check for signs of a coolant leak to avoid engine overheating as this could lead to repair costs of around £200.

Coolant is pumped around the system via the water pump, with the radiator usually located at the front of the vehicle and at the bottom to allow dense, cooler air to pass through it while driving.

When the vehicle is in slow traffic or stationary, drivers may hear the radiator/coolant fan come on, these are designed to draw air through the radiator mimicking the flow of air and cooling the coolant.

To do this, the vehicle needs its coolant at the maximum level and any leaks throughout the system will reduce the ability of the radiator to cool the coolant, causing the engine to overheat, thus causing damage.

When checking the car, drivers may notice the coolant level dropping, with rental options asking drivers to “circle the engine” for signs of leaks, or weep around the lower parts of the engine. front bumper.

Dim or flickering lights can also indicate a fault in the car’s alternator, which can cost £275 to replace.

The alternator is responsible for supplying the electrical needs of a vehicle, when there is a problem with the alternator it begins to show through the features of the car that use electricity.

One of the most common signs to look out for is dimming and flickering headlights or an electric speedometer that has stopped working.

If the car’s temperature rises rapidly and the ignition light comes on, it could be a warning sign that the belt that drives the alternator and water pump might have a fault.

In this case, drivers should not attempt to restart their vehicle.