Keeping your vehicle roadworthy
First of all, we’d just like to repeat why this is important. If your vehicle isn’t ‘roadworthy’ (or safe to drive, in other words), you could face three penalty points, a fine of up to £2,500 or, in the most extreme cases, a driving ban. Also, it may invalidate your insurance if you have an accident and the reason for the accident is due to the vehicle not being roadworthy.
For the full details, you can read the Government’s guidance about how to check your vehicle is safe to drive or review the Highway Code to see what the rules say.
In short, you need to make sure your windscreen, windows, mirrors, reflectors and number plates are clean and you have working lights and brakes before you start any journey.
In addition, you must have fluid in your windscreen washer bottle and your tyres need to be correctly inflated, with enough tread depth and without cuts or other defects.
You should also carry out regular checks, with your vehicle’s handbook explaining what to look at and when. This includes your oil, radiator level, brake fluid and battery.
If you have maintenance incuded in your contract, LeasePlan have a huge network of trusted garages available nationwide, so please call your Driverline on 0344 493 5811 - option 2 then option 1 - to get booked in. Garages try really hard to get vehicle back the same day, but if there's extra work or parts needed, it might be delayed. Please consider this when booking your vehicle in and consider having a contingency ready should the worst happen.
If you don't have maintenance included in your contract you will be responsible for arrangeing servicing. You can get a service at any main dealership, or VAT registered independent garage that use genuine manufacturers parts. Please keep a copy of the service to hand over when the vehicle is returned. LeasePlan have a huge network of trusted garages available nationwide. The Driverline (0344 493 5811 option 2 then option 1) will be able to give you some advice if you give them a call. "