As recently as 2017, there were an estimated one billion passenger cars on the road across the globe.
This represents a huge and constantly growing number, and one that highlights the need for eco-friendlier vehicles and more energy-efficient fuel sources as electricity. The sheer volume of cars on the road also betrays the demand for qualified mechanics in the world, as these vehicles must be well-maintained and kept roadworthy at all times.
With these points in mind, here are three of our top tips to help you ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy, fit for purpose and able to pass any formal inspection:
Check the Lights and Tyres
There are some elements of any vehicle test that are rudimentary, which means that you can easily check them to ensure that they’re in working order before you book your appointment.
Take the lights, for example, including fixtures such as your head and rear lights, your fog lights and your brake lights. If you find that any bulbs are blown, you can simply replace these and test them at home before taking the car into a mechanic.
All of the tyres of the vehicle should also be inflated to the correct pressure, whilst the tyre depth should also be a minimum of 1.6mm. Otherwise, this is something that you’ll have to pay to have corrected, and you can test your tyres by purchasing the type of pressure gauges and manometers sold by RS Components.
Check your Registration Plates
Whilst you may not think it, the condition of your car’s registration plates is also important if you’re to survive the scrutiny of a qualified mechanic.
More specifically, they need to clean and clearly readable from a reasonable distance, otherwise you’ll run the risk of failing the test and being forced to correct this issue.
This applies even if you own a personalised plate, as this will still need to comply fully with the rules laid out by national or local authorities in your country of origin.
Inspect your Dashboard
The modern dashboard is chock-full of controls and features, whilst it can look like Blackpool illuminations when all of its lights are lit up simultaneously.
A mechanic will test your dashboard’s warning lights during any in-depth vehicle inspection, so you’ll need to ensure that they’re fully functional and working properly prior to the official test.
If these lights aren’t working, this represents a significant safety issue too, so fixing these and having them repaired is always in your interests.
The Last Word
Ultimately, nobody likes having to pay for a planned or unscheduled vehicle inspection, as this typically requires an upfront cost and leaves you having to fund any necessary repairs.
By adopting a proactive approach, however, you can identify any potential issues before the official test and look to correct these safely wherever possible.