GreenFlag says motorists could suffer this car safety issue under lockdown

GreenFlag says motorists could suffer this car safety issue under lockdown

Road users who haven’t used their vehicles for a few weeks could find their handbrake is stuck, according to GreenFlag. Experts say this could cause a “loud clunk” from one of the wheels but should resolve itself when motorists begin driving. 

GreenFlag specialists sys this may happen because of moisture which has become stuck inside the vehicle while parked in the garage.

The issue will eventually ease as heat is built up although motorists should take caution when first setting off. 

Speaking to a Green Flag spokesperson said: “When you first drive the car, the parking brake may be locked on after you release the lever or switch. 

“This will usually be because moisture trapped in the mechanism has stuck parts together. This however, should free when you drive off. 

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Experts say owners may notice their brakes make noise when they are applied for the first few times. 

This is caused by a thin layer of rust on the brake discs but they say this will clear after the car is driven. 

GreenFlag experts reassured motorists it would take a “number of years” for vehicles to deteriorate to a point where a car is permanently damaged. 

However, the specialist says leaving vehicles for a prolonged period to time could generate a range of issues which may cause risks.

This can include tyres going flat or a loss of engine fluids which may cause issues while on the road. 

Speaking to, a Green Flag spokesperson said: “What to watch out for would be when first starting and driving the vehicle, especially after the Government’s advice changes and they begin to lift the lockdown measures, is ensuring everything is in working order. 

“We advise to complete the basic checks of oil, coolant and washer bottle levels and ensure that tyre pressure is correct. 

“[This is] to make sure your car is in good working order when going out in it for potentially the first time. We would also recommend checking the vehicles lights are all working as well.”

Green Flag advises all customers to check their vehicles as regularly as possible during the lockdown period to avoid being caught out. 

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said motorists must keep their vehicles in a roadworthy condition while under the six month MOT exemption. 

Police officers may still consider you to be driving a car in a dangerous condition if basic levels of stay are not met.  

This could see road users possibly fined up to £2,500 and issued points on their driving licence. 

To help avoid the risk, GreenFlag has urged drivers to check essentials such as their water and oil levels are freshly topped up. 

The group said safety was “paramount” for road users who still needed to use their cars for essential journeys such as getting to work or travelling for supplies.

Published at Sun, 26 Apr 2020 05:01:00 +0000