Take care of your car - stay safe on the roads
A LECTURER who prepares the young mechanics of the future has offered tips on keeping your vehicle in top condition in order to stay safe on the roads.
Wayne Sandford, motor vehicle lecturer at Gloucestershire College is backing our RIP 479 campaign to cut the number of deaths on our county's roads.
A tragic total of 479 people were killed on Gloucestershire's roads between the Millennium and the end of 2012 – more than all the fatalities on operations in Afghanistan.
We are trying to raise awareness, to keep you safer.
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Wayne, who has spent more than 20 years in the motor trade, teaches motor repair skills to young people, from 14-year-olds on day release, to apprentices.
He said: "You've got to make sure your lights and tyres are working.
"It's a legal requirement.
"If you're not sure what to do, then it's best to get someone to show you.
"All the information is there in your handbook. You just have to look. But how many people really do that?
"Many people are guilty of just jumping in their cars without checking their tyre pressure, their oil and their screenwash.
"These are basic things you should check on a daily and weekly basis.
"It's so easy to be complacent but the best way is to get a reputable garage to check it out for you.
"Money is tight these days, so it's easy to want to skip it, but it's the best way to be safe.
"Cold weather is coming, so you need antifreeze.
"Or people go belting down the motorway and find halfway that they've run out of oil.
"I've seen it so many times.
"First and foremost, it's your own responsibility to make sure your car is fit to be on the road.
"You are responsible for other people's lives."
■ Tips for staying safe on the road:
Check your tyres have enough tread, check your lights work, check your oil and check your antifreeze.