First of all, we’d just like to repeat why this is important. If your vehicle isn’t ‘roadworthy’ (or safe to drive, in other words), you could face three penalty points, a fine of up to £2,500 or, in the most extreme cases, a driving ban. Also, it may invalidate your insurance if you have an accident and the reason for the accident is due to the vehicle not being roadworthy.
For the full details, you can read the Government’s guidance about how to check your vehicle is safe to drive or review the Highway Code to see what the rules say.
In short, you need to make sure your windscreen, windows, mirrors, reflectors and number plates are clean and you have working lights and brakes before you start any journey.
In addition, you must have fluid in your windscreen washer bottle and your tyres need to be correctly inflated, with enough tread depth and without cuts or other defects.
You should also carry out regular checks, with your vehicle’s handbook explaining what to look at and when. This includes your oil, radiator level, brake fluid and battery.