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How to Pass the Annual Vehicle Inspection? Read on for Practical Tips to Help You Pass

by Lou-Ann Jordan Mar 20, 2023

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It’s that time of the year when we drivers make our annual trip to the traffic department.

To keep our roads safe we must ensure our vehicles maintain the regulatory standards. However, it is easy to forget that there are certain features on your vehicle that must be in good working order for you to pass the inspection.

As you prepare to head off to check if your vehicle is road worthy, you may want to take a look at these useful tips. Also, if you are a new automobile owner, unsure of what is expected of you or rather your vehicle, our ‘short list’ is a good place to start.

Here is a short list to help you prepare and pass this year’s automobile inspection:


Your tyres should not be smooth or show thread. It would also be beneficial to have them at the correct inflation pressure.


Make sure your front headlamp and indicators are working correctly. Your Brake light and reverse lights should also be in excellent working condition. Don’t forget to check your identification plate light because it’s often overlooked. It’s located above your license plate.


Give it a good blast to make sure it’s working well before you head off to the traffic department.


It’s easy to forget these unless it’s raining. Be sure to check that your wipers are moving across the windshield. Also, be sure the blades are not threading.


Ensure that you have them, or replace any visibly broken mirrors.



Your battery should be held securely by a clamp or bracket.


No oil leaks. Check your engine for any leaks. Also, a clean appearance goes a long way.


Forget the inspection; road safety demands that you have good working brakes. However, having functional brakes will undoubtedly help your vehicle pass at the traffic department.

Lastly, remember to don face masks and walk with your hand sanitisers as you venture out.

We hope you have a hassle-free visit that results in your vehicle passing the inspection.

Also, remember, to be safe on the roads.