Making car repairs on the road

broken down car

If you are knowledgeable about cars, you will most likely have the confidence to attack any problems that you may have with yours. This removes the need to use the local garage, saving you money. There are a few points to consider with regards to safety and whether it is legal or not.

In the eyes of the law you are more than welcome to fix your own car, you are also more than welcome to do so on the road, as long as the following points do not apply;

  1. You are making money from the repairs
  2. You are running a business in car repairs
  3. You are upsetting the neighbours with excessive noise or mess

As long as you keep these in mind, you will be well within the law to carry out general maintenance and repairs at the side of the road or outside your home.

Safety At All Times

Safety is paramount, so ensuring that you have the correct Personal Protection Equipment will not only make your job easier, but could also save you having an accident.

Make sure that the load weight capability of your jack is suitable for your vehicle and always position the axel stands under the vehicle; Never work on a car that is balanced on a jack, always ensure that you place the axel stands safely to minimalise the risk of injury. A high visibility jacket, gloves and eye protection is also a great way to prevent injuries and make sure that you can be seen while carrying out the work.

Stay safe, and stay within the law; This way, you can save yourself a lot of money in garage labour.