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WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO PREPARE FOR YOUR ROADWORTHINESS TEST?

The scheduled deadline for your next roadworthiness test is coming up and you are afraid of having to go through a re-test? Indeed, more than one vehicle out of five now submitted for its roadworthiness test then has to be re-tested, a figure that has increased since the reform of 2019. So to take your roadworthiness test with complete peace of mind, it is better to prepare it well.

What you need to know before taking your roadworthiness test

Mandatory every two years, the roadworthiness test aims to improve road safety and reduce the impact of vehicles on the environment. Since July 2019, the test now covers 133 (previously 124) checkpoints divided into 610 faults. Of these 610 faults, 470 resulted in a re‑test. Here are the main reasons for a re-test:

  • A problem relating to adherence (tyres)
  • A lighting and/or indicator fault (lights, reflectors and electrical equipment)
  • A pollution problem
  • A brake fault
  • A chassis fault

See our article : THE MAIN REASONS FOR A RE-TEST

Should a pre-roadworthiness test be carried out?

Many garages now offer free pre-roadworthiness tests, but beware of scams! Some unscrupulous garages may get you to have certain repairs carried out that you won’t need on the day of the roadworthiness test. Instead, we advise you to take advantage of your annual service to have your car inspected and ask your garage to check the main points of the roadworthiness test.

What points can you check yourself?

To save money, we recommend that you do carry out some checks yourself. Indeed, some tests can be carried out with the naked eye, without any particular mechanical knowledge. For example, you can check that your bodywork is in good condition – are there any sharp or protruding parts – do the doors and bonnet open and close properly? You can also check your lights – are they working properly – are they properly adjusted? A cracked windscreen should be replaced before a roadworthiness test. Also check the brake fluid, oil and coolant levels. Your vehicle must be fitted with seat belts and roadworthy tyres, and the licence plates must be clean, legible and properly attached.

Read our article : THE ESSENTIAL POINTS TO BE CHECKED TO AVOID A RE-TEST

Finally, to be on the safe side, it is worth taking some time to clean the outside and inside of your vehicle, and also remove any objects in the passenger compartment that could can hinder the tester in their checks.

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