Critical safety check
VACC members can help make sure the vehicle you drive is as safe as possible. To receive a free inspection of your vehicle’s key safety features – tyres, brakes, steering and suspension, lights, and restraints – book a service today. And when you do, you’ll receive a free critical safety check.
Visit criticalsafetycheck.com.au to find your local VACC member.
As your only point of contact with the road, that thin strip of rubber plays an important part in keeping your family safe. Deep tread is important for wet weather driving, as the channels disperse the water and keep you in contact with the road. Bald tyres cannot disperse the water and cause dangerous situations such as aquaplaning.
Incorrect wheel alignment leads to excess wear and reduces the tyre's life. It can also lead to steering vibrations or the car pulling to one side.
Steering and suspension
Your car's suspension system doesn't just provide you with a smooth ride, it's what keeps your tyres in contact with the road. If you have poor suspension and your tyres lift off the road for a fraction of a second you can drastically reduce your stopping distance. Poor suspension also causes uneven tyre wear and bad handling.
It might seem obvious that your brakes are vital to you and your family's safety on the road, but the sobering reality is that a car travelling at 60km/hr will take 45m to stop in an emergency braking situation. Worn or damaged brakes will only increase this distance. Don't become a statistic, get your brakes checked regularly.
Your lights, such as headlights, brake lights, indicators and interior lights, ensure your car can be seen in all weather, from any direction. Misaligned headlights will give you a poor view of the road at night and could lead to a vehicle collision or even hitting a pedestrian.
Seat belts help protect passengers in a car by spreading the force of the impact over more of the body and preventing them from being catapulted through the windows. According to the Office of Road Safety, a crash at 40 km/h is like falling from a 2 storey building onto concrete. Make sure your restraints are working correctly, get them checked by an expert.