Following the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s decision to issue a six-month exemption period for MOTs that expire after 30 March, insurethebox is helping its customers make sure their vehicles remain safe during this time.
While the government has allowed garages to remain open, social distancing advises against such appointments. As a result, insurethebox is reminding drivers that it is their responsibility to keep their vehicles in good working order. Motorists can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving, and get three penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.
Gary Stewart, Service Manager at insurethebox said, “In line with government guidance, our recommendation during the pandemic is to stay at home where possible and reduce interactions with other people.
“However, we know that there are many people who will still need to travel for essential journeys. For those drivers it’s critical that their vehicles remain safe and roadworthy.”
The government has given advice on routine checks that should always be carried out but are even more important during the pandemic, particularly as many people will only be using their car very occasionally.
Following the government guidelines might also mean that cars will stay completely unused for many weeks or months. As a result, the battery life of the black box could be affected.
insurethebox advises customers to start their car for at least 10 minutes once a week to help stop the battery from being depleted. It may be wise to buy a maintenance charger, if it is certain that the car won’t be driven.
Every time you drive you should check:
Vehicle handbooks will inform on when to check: