Here in Texas we take our safety issues seriously. That is why it is among the few states that actually require any car owner to have a safety inspection each year to ensure that their car is safe to drive. But while you may not actually be trying to dodge this safety inspection, you may be wondering “How do I find a car inspection near me if I just moved here?”
What is even more important is being ready for that inspection by doing a bit of a check around yourself before you go. This isn’t about cheating in order to pass the inspection; it is more about paying attention to those little things that can hang you up on your inspection. So, take these ideas to heart and be sure to make them your annual go-to checklist before you head out for that car inspection.
Loose Gas Caps
You would be surprised how many car inspections go awry from a simple thing like having their gas cap a bit loose. It isn’t that much of a safety risk, but it does make many of the trouble lights turn into Christmas lights during an inspection. It would be silly to have to take that inspection all over again from a simple thing like having your gas cap on a bit loose.
Since all car that are between two years old and 24 years old must be tested for a faulty gas cap, this can result in a loose cap be read as faulty or even missing in the test. The reason for the test is that a missing or too loose gas cap allows evaporative emissions to be released into the air. Sometimes it is discovered that the gas cap you are using isn’t even meant for your car and as a result it doesn’t seal correctly. So, check that gas cap before heading out.
Light It Up – Check the Bulbs
Did you know that a quarter of your auto safety inspection will involve our various light bulbs in your car? It is true and so easy to fix beforehand so that you pass that inspection with flying colors. Just to be safe, you might want to see if you can get a family member or friend to help you check all the various light bulbs that your car uses and check they are working correctly.
The easy ones you can actually do on your own, such as making sure that the headlights and fog lights (if you have them) work correctly when you turn them on. Then use each of your turn signals and check that they are working right as well. Your brake lights are the next thing to check, and this is where it really helps to have someone nearby to make sure they work correctly. If you don’t have someone nearby to help, you can use the video app on your smartphone to record the brake lights when you prop it up behind your car and hit the brakes. Review the video to ensure they work right. While you are behind your car, don’t forget to check and see that the light over your license plate is working as well.