In most Australian states, you will need a roadworthy certificate before your next car registration. These roadworthy requirements are set to keep everyone safe. If the car fails the test, you may need to undertake mechanical repairs before you can get it passed, which can be stressful and time-consuming. But you can undertake some checks beforehand to make sure your car is roadworthy. Here they are:
Check All The Lights On Your Vehicle
Start by checking all the lights on your car. This includes your indicators, brake lights, headlights, reversing lights and any other lights you have on your car. Sometimes, the bulb inside may have fused and may need to be replaced. Sometimes, it could be a more serious electrical problem. Your light protectors should not be cracked because this could hamper visibility. Checking this in advance lets you correct the issue before your roadworthy inspection.
Check Tyre Tread Depth
Your tyres are the only parts of your vehicle that touch the road so they must be in the best condition to keep you and everyone else safe while you drive. Most states require a minimum tread depth of at least 1.5mm, below which it must be replaced. Generally, tyres have an indicator to help you check the depth. Your tyres also shouldn't be cracked or worn out, and the pressure should be sufficient based on your car model's requirements. Also, check your spare tyre, and make sure it is securely mounted as this can be a safety hazard.
Check Your Windscreen And Wipers
Your windscreen must be completely damage-free in order to pass the roadworthy test. If there are any scratches, chips or cracks, you may fail. If the chips or cracks are small, it might not require any expensive repair or replacement. Windscreen repair kits are available at local auto stores to help you fix minor cracks and chips, but major ones may need professional intervention. Also, you may want to check your wipers to make sure they work properly without leaving any streaks. If you notice streaks, clean your blades before replacing them. Sometimes, all it takes is wiping down the blades to remove any dirt and debris that have settled on them over time. If this doesn't do the trick, replace them before the inspection.
These checks before your roadworthy inspection can save you heaps of time (and money) because you're not rushed and can fix any problems beforehand.