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Top Ten Tips To Help You Prepare For Your Test

  • 1. Make sure your car is reasonably clean. A tester can refuse to examine a car if it is filthy, particularly underneath. Make sure the boot is uncluttered and does not hinder the tester in any way.
  • 2. Check your lights and indicators are working and replace any faulty bulbs. Get someone to stand behind the car while you check your brake and rear lights. Check your horn is working.
  • 3. Make sure your number plates and VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) are clean and readable.
  • 4.Check for damage to the windscreen. Cracks must be no larger than 40mm in the entire swept area of the screen. The central view of the driver, known as Zone A, is 290mm wide (within the swept area and centred on the steering wheel) and any damage in this area must be no larger than 10mm wide.
  • 5. Get someone to hold a cloth over the end of the exhaust while you start the engine. If there are no leaks in the exhaust system, the engine should stall after a few seconds. If the engine doesn't stall this indicates a leak which will need to be repaired.
  • 6. Tyre tread depth must be at least 1.6mm. Check tyres are inflated correctly with no damage to the sides. The spare tyre is not part of the test but it is advised that a correctly inflated and legal tyre /wheel should be carried.
  • 7. Check under the bonnet to ensure that the brake fluid reservoir, windscreen washer bottle and engine oil reserves are topped up.
  • 8. A general check around the vehicle should be made to ensure that the car's fuel cap is secure, mirrors are in good condition, wipers are not damaged or split and door handles, catches and locks work. Check the condition of your seat belts as any frays or tears may result in a failure.
  • 9. Bounce each corner of your car by leaning your weight against it. If it doesn't settle after one or two bounces the shock absorbers may need changing.
  • 10. Check the handbrake and footbrake. If you have to pull the handbrake lever up too far, through lots of clicking, the cable probably needs adjusting. Check that the handbrake can't be released by simply tapping on the lever. Press the footbrake and check it doesn't feel spongy. If it does, there may be air in the hydraulic system which must be removed.