Make Sure your Car is in Tip Top Shape for 2010

With the New Year well underway, it is prudent for motorists to make sure their cars are in pristine working condition and to do all they can to make roads safer this year. "The AA runs safety campaigns every year, and is wholly committed to informing motorists of the part they can play in avoiding trauma on the roads not only over busy periods such as Easter and the festive season, but day-to-day travelling." says the AA.

Most people presume that the only time they should get their cars tested is when they are gearing up for travel but that is not the only reason. In the event that your car warranty expires, or you are buying a new car and wish to look into the wear and tear on the car, a technical examination is the perfect place to start in order to ascertain the exact "age" of your car and see how many miles it still has in it. The test is non-invasive and major parts of the vehicle will not be dismantled during the examination although some limited dismantling may occur such as removal of wheels, plates and covers which restrict visibility.

A Dekra Technical Examination assesses the overall quality and condition of a vehicle, drawing your attention to aspects of the vehicle that have possibly not been suitably maintained. There is no requirement by law that you should get your car examined, but it undoubtedly leads to peace of mind and could ultimately help you to avoid what could be an expensive mistake.

"During the test, your car will undergo a road test, a body test, an engine test, a test for the steering wheel and brakes, an electrical test and an undercarriage test," says Derek Hall-Jones, Head of Technical at the AA. "A Technical Examination is not to be confused with a Roadworthy Test, which is specifically targeted at testing whether a vehicle is safe to drive or not and is not a comprehensive technical examination," he adds.

Before a car is deemed fit for the road, it must comply with minimum standards defined in the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Code of Practice, SABS 047, "The testing of motor vehicles for roadworthiness". A copy of this Code of Practice is in each Test & Drive Dekra Roadworthy Test Station and can be viewed on request.

If you own or operate a vehicle with a gross vehicle mass greater than 3 500kg (mainly trucks and buses) or one less than 3 500kg which you operate for reward (mainly light delivery vehicles, taxis and minibus taxis), you are required by law to obtain a Certificate of Roadworthiness every 12 months.

Make sure you and your family are safe for 2010 and get your car tested.

Automobile Association of South Africa (AA)
011 799 1126

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