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Highways England recommends checking cars ahead of Easter getaways

9 Apr 2019

Highways England recommends checking cars ahead of Easter getaways

Easter is one of the busiest times of year on Britain's roads, with many looking to take advantage of the four-day weekend to explore the UK or visit family.

However, Highways England has urged anyone thinking of making a trip this month to carry out a simple check of their vehicle beforehand in order to avoid a breakdown or safety issue.

The organisation has encouraged motorists to ensure they have enough fuel to reach their destination and that the condition of their tyres is within legal limits.

It also wants to remind people to check their engine oil and water, topping them up if necessary, and ensure all lights are functioning properly in order to prevent accidents.

Highways England's Melanie Clarke said: "Safety is our top priority and we know from experience that almost half of breakdowns can easily be avoided if motorists carry out simple vehicle checks before setting off over this period."

To make the Easter period flow as smoothly as possible, Highways England has also pledged to do its bit by ensuring 99 per cent of motorways and major A roads will be roadworks-free in time for the bank holiday.