Why are Driver Vehicle Inspections important?

Upon buying a car (new or used) only, a valid safety check must be done before it can be registered.

Dealerships are required to provide the buyer with a new safety, while private sellers are not (if a private seller so chooses, they may pay for, and issue a new safety in order to make it more appealing to buy).

In either case, if the vehicle bought has not had a safety test within the last year, the buyer must ensure the safety of the vehicle before it can be registered with NaTis. From the point the car is registered, no safety test is required as long as the car remains with the current owner (however, if something goes wrong, the police have the right to refuse to let the owner drive away with an unsafe vehicle).


Pre-Trip Inspection: Irrespective of whether you are learning to drive or have been driving for some years, new or old vehicle, irrespective of the shape your vehicle is in, it needs to be inspected every day before you
take a trip out. Depending on the situation, it may also require checks if there is a shift or drive change.

This daily check included different separate inspections –a circle, operations and post-trip Inspection Circle Check: As the name implies, the first thing all drivers should so it walk around their vehicles and see anything could potentially be a problem. You should first want to take note of anything in or around the vehicle as well as its overall condition.

The vehicle must be well maintained and reasonably clean. You also want to move anything out of the way that may be on the ground Service brakes, including trailer brake connections, Parking (hand) brake, Steering mechanism, Lighting devices and reflectors, Tyres, Horn, Windshield
wipers, Rear vision mirrors, Coupling Devices, Wheels, and Rims, Emergency Equipment.

Operations Inspection

Once you have completed the circle check, it is time to inspect the actual operations mechanics of the vehicle. In all, the brake systems need to be working perfectly before use. Also, ensure that the handbrake is working properly. The parking brakes should hold when the slightest bit of throttle is applied and the foot brake should bring you to a smooth stop in a reasonable amount of distance.

When it comes to driving the vehicle, it should be able to steer with a reasonable amount of force and be smooth. It should also shift without hesitation of extreme movements from the clutch or gears. Next, move the vehicle back and forward all the position.

Once this is complete. Listen for anything unusual and check the hydraulics for leakage. It don’t matter whether you have a new vehicle, a used vehicle, or how long you have been driving it.

These checks are the only things that stand between a productive day and a dangerous situation. Vehicles are a valuable machine, and by marinating them and keeping them in top condition, you can enjoy them for years
to come without incidents.

Post-Trip Inspection

At the completion of each day’s work, you must have noticed all the defaults and note them for repair before the vehicle is used again. Always protect yourself and others by performing a thorough vehicle inspection!

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