A roadworthiness test is an examination to ensure that a vehicle is safe to operate. It is a preventive measure for its owner and other road users. In addition, if all maintenance is properly carried out by the owner, the exercise should be carried out without incident.
Points to be checked
For your safety and the safety of others, it is imperative that you maintain your vehicle properly. However, you can anticipate on a few points to prepare for the technical inspection of your car and avoid being presented to a counter-visit. First make sure that all the vehicle papers are in order, that the number plates and chassis number are legible. Next, check safety-related items such as the braking system, by inspecting the wear and tear of the brake pads, brake discs and fittings. It is best to replace any components that are defective. Then check the steering components, even if you have to look under the car to check the condition of all parts. You should not experience any suspicious play at the wheel. Take the opportunity to inspect the ground connections, i.e. the shock absorbers and tyres. You can also check for yourself that all lights, including the indicators, are working properly. It would be a shame if a burnt-out bulb made a bad impression.
Inspections from inside the car
Also check the safety features for the driver and passengers. The headlight and wiper controls must be working. Seats must be properly secured, seat belts must be functional and in good condition. Finally, regarding visibility, cracks in the windows, mirrors and windshield must be repaired. Consider replacing these items altogether if the defects are not superficial, otherwise you risk getting a bad mark at the technical inspection.
Last tips before the technical inspection
If all the major points related to the safety and general operation of the vehicle have been checked, everything should go well. However, attention must be paid to the small details that can ruin everything when the day comes. So prepare your car by inspecting and performing the usual maintenance. Check and top up the coolant, brake fluid and engine oil levels. No leaks should be found. Also be aware that loud engine noises and fumes are unlikely to pass inspection. In this case, a short visit to the garage may sometimes be necessary to clean, adjust or replace certain engine parts. Finally, rather than giving the impression that you’re driving in a neglected scrap heap, clean your car well on D-Day, it will have its little effect and it will always be more pleasant to drive.