What Makes a Car Road Worthy in South Africa?

Ensuring that your car is road worthy will keep you, your family and other drivers on the road safe, plus it is a legal requirement. Here is what you ought to know.
Whether you are looking to sell your car, are renewing your licence or simply wish to ensure that your vehicle is safe to drive, each and every South African car owner needs to ensure that their vehicles are adequately road-worthy at all times. Of course, few of us are actually mechanics, which means that knowledge on how to do this might easily escape up, essentially making your vehicle a danger to operate. So, if you are looking to ensure that your vehicle is road-worthy, here are some crucial aspects to keep in mind:

The car’s electrical systems

Many of the electronic systems in your car play an important role in ensuring that it can be used safely, both for the driver and for others on the road. Headlamps, reverse lights, indicator’s and windscreen wipers are but a few of these systems. For personal comfort and safety, electronic systems associated with door locking mechanisms and windows should also be seen to before the vehicle can be considered road-worthy.

Safety features and fittings

All safety features and fittings such as seatbelts, side-mirrors and rear-view mirrors should be secured and perfectly functional to ensure that the vehicle can be operated safely according to K53 regulations. This will also ensure that you and your passengers are properly protected when operating the vehicle.

Brakes and wheels
Brakes, wheels and tires should be in good condition. Brakes should not be leaking fluid and should have optimal stopping power, and so should not be worn to any degree. Tires should have deep tread on them so that they can grip the road properly, especially in wet conditions.


Ensure that steering is responsive, that the wheel is in good condition and that the vehicle is correctly aligned to ensure proper handling.

Engine and exhausts

The engine and exhaust systems should be in the best possible condition, rendering the vehicle safe to use. Neither should be billowing smoke, overheating or producing too much carbon dioxide emissions to be considered road-worthy. To this end, regular servicing of your vehicle is essential to maintain road-worthiness.

Transmission and suspension

Check that all components associated with gear transmissions and vehicle suspension are in good quality. This will not only ensure that your vehicle endures a longer lifespan, but will also make it significantly safer and more enjoyable to operate.

Contact Global Vehicle Testing today

If you would like to know more about the process and needs behind ensuring that your vehicle is road-worthy, be sure to contact one of our consultants from Global Vehicle Testing today, or visit our website for further details.

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