It’s not uncommon to see a car with one brake light or backlights out but as you’re usually the one driving your car.
It’s not surprising that it can take weeks or even months before you realise that a brake light needs replacing!
Easily done, but a faulty brake light is dangerous – it’s vital that the cars driving behind you can tell when you’re slowing down, especially if you have to stop suddenly.
- Do ask someone to help you check your brake lights are working by standing behind your car while you apply the brakes. You should do this once a week
- Do replace a faulty bulb straight away. If you don’t feel confident fitting the new bulb yourself, your local Top Tread Tyres will do it for a small fee
Don’t get caught out
If you’re stopped by the police and a brake light is not working, you may get a verbal warning.
However, you could get:
- An endorsable Fixed Penalty Notice – a £60 fine and 3 points on your licence
- A Roadside Prohibition Notice – giving you 10 days to get the fault repaired before a repeat inspection
- Your car taken off the road immediately