What makes a car roadworthy?

Tuesday 19th January 2021



In the UK, it is a legal requirement that vehicles must undergo an annual MOT test (after the vehicle’s third birthday) to maintain a safe level of roadworthiness. In order to prove your vehicle is roadworthy, it’s measured against multiple checks and guidelines set out by the DVSA which deem whether or not your vehicle should pass its MOT test. So, what makes a vehicle roadworthy?

What is ‘roadworthy’?

Firstly, it’s important to understand what is meant by the term ‘roadworthy’. This refers to whether or not a vehicle is deemed fit and appropriate to be used on the road, following certain safety and performance guidelines. This is the test which is undertaken during a vehicle’s MOT test.

However, although the MOT test determines the car’s roadworthiness, deeming it with either a Pass or Fail, it cannot anticipate the roadworthiness of the vehicle for the duration of the MOT certificate. This means that, although your MOT may not be due for another 12 months, it’s important to keep on top of your car maintenance to sustain the roadworthiness of your vehicle.

What makes a vehicle roadworthy?

In order to be roadworthy, your vehicle must be safe and proficient in a number of areas. These components and areas of your vehicle must be working correctly or effectively, and can include:

  • Front and rear lights
  • Hazard and fog lights
  • Brakes and brake fluid level
  • Car batteries
  • Engine oil level
  • Windscreen wipers and wiper fluid level
  • Indicators

For more information on what makes a car roadworthy, find out what is included in an MOT test from our detailed guide.

How roadworthy are you?

Is your MOT due? Or perhaps you’re simply wondering if your vehicle is as safe as it can be? Our MOT preparation tips offer advice on how to ensure you’re maintaining your vehicle’s safety and performance standards, as well as preparing you to pass the test itself.

Alternatively, if you believe there is a fault with your vehicle, or you would feel more comfortable having an expert complete a comprehensive thorough check, book in your car service. Choose between an interim service or a full service – simply locate your nearest Formula One Autocentre now.

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