Drivers are being offered the chance to ensure that their cars are in good condition by taking them for a free check, courtesy of the Bedfordshire and Luton Casualty Reduction Partnership.
Events are being held across the county from 10am-5pm on the following dates, including Tesco in Flitwick on Wednesday, September 11.
All vehicle checks will be performed by Autohome, a company that offers breakdown cover and assistance across Europe.
Cars will have their tyre pressures and treads checked, along with lights, windscreen wipers and fluids.
Road safety officers will be available at each event to offer advice, and everyone who attends will receive a free drivers’ pack containing high visibility vest, ice scraper, emergency foil blanket and tyre depth gauge along with advice regarding driving safely.
Anyone caught driving unroadworthy vehicles can face the possibility of receiving three penalty points on their licence, as well as a fine of up to £2,500.
Councillor Dave Taylor, portfolio holder for road safety in Luton, said: “Having a roadworthy vehicle is incredibly important, particularly with winter approaching.
“As a motorist you can do some very simple things to ensure your vehicle is safe, including checking tyre pressures each month, making sure that all of the lights in your vehicle work and that tyre tread is at least 1.6mms deep across the central three-quarters of the tread.”
Councillor Brian Spurr, executive member for sustainable communities at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “I would really encourage everyone to take advantage of the free checks taking place in September.
“They are a great opportunity to make sure your car is safe and road legal, rather than finding out later and facing a fine.”