As the driver you are responsible for ensuring the vehicle you are going to drive is roadworthy
Failing to do so could lead to you receiving points or fines. In a worst case scenario, driving a vehicle that is not roadworthy could lead to you causing an accident and putting yourself, other road users and members of the public in danger.
As an ADI it is your responsibility to explain to your students the importance of checking the roadworthiness of the vehicles they will be driving as well as the implications if they fail to do so. You should lead by example and incorporate ways to check a vehicle’s roadworthiness into lessons.
You should encourage your students to regularly check the following:
You should encourage all of your students to complete the POWDERY checks and check the vehicle for damage before driving. You should also reinforce to your students that they need to check that the vehicle they will be driving is insured for them to drive, has a current MOT test certificate and up to date vehicle tax.
Regularly checking your vehicle can also help to reduce running costs. You will identify potential issues early before they become a major problem. Keeping your tyres in good condition and inflated to the correct pressures will also help to increase fuel efficiency. In many modern cars, many of the mechanical parts are sealed and can only be checked by a qualified mechanic but there are some checks that you must do. Look at your vehicle’s handbook to see which checks you can make and how to do them.
If you are a fleet trainer you will also need to be confident when explaining the importance of vehicle roadworthiness and vehicle checks to occupational drivers. Occupational drivers may have to drive multiple vehicles during their working week so it is vital they understand the importance of vehicle checks and how to do them. They are ultimately responsible for ensuring the vehicles they drive are roadworthy, even if the vehicle isn’t owned by them, and you should encourage them to raise faults they find and follow their company’s reporting procedures should any work need carrying out.