Brake maintenance should be left to mechanics. You may have problems with your brakes if:

  • the brake pedal feels spongy

  • there's a squealing noise when braking

  • the steering pulls to one side when you brake.

Check brake fluid level regularly. Brake fluid may absorb water over time, making it more likely to boil under prolonged braking. It is generally recommended that brake fluid be replaced every two to three years.


Headlights are crucial to driving safely at night and in poor light, so you can see and be seen.

Your car's headlights should provide a good view of the road and roadside without distracting oncoming traffic. Regularly check all your lights are in working order – replace defective bulbs as soon as possible.

For more information, download our Get your lights right leaflet.

It’s important to regularly:

  • check lenses are clean and not cracked or hazy

  • check your headlights, reversing lights and brake lights are working. Check your back lights by reversing close to a wall and looking at the reflection in your rear-view mirror.