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TWIRL: Simple checks to ensure your car is safe to drive

What is TWIRL?

During COVID Alert Level 4, unless you are an essential worker, you cannot get a car inspection or WOF done. But you are still obliged to make sure your vehicle is safe to be on the roads. TWIRL is a simple check you can do :

Check the tread depth. Minimum legal depth is 1.5mm, but the more tread you have the better the grip and the safer you and your vehicle will be on the road.
Check the tyre pressure – correct levels can usually be found on the inside door frame.
Look for cracks or bubbles in the sides.
Look for sharp objects stuck in the tyres.

Windscreen, wipers and mirrors
Check your wiper blades for wear and tear.
Clean your mirrors and windscreen inside and out.
Get your windscreen fixed if it’s chipped or cracked.
Check your windscreen washer fluid is full and the spray is working.

Turn your hazard lights on and walk around the car – check all indicators are flashing.

Keep an eye out for rust, especially in the key structural areas of your vehicle such as the pillars that front doors are hinged to.

Check lenses are clean and not cracked or hazy.
Check your headlights, reversing lights and brake lights are working. 
Check your back lights by reversing close to a wall so you can see the reflection in your rear view mirror.

The above is taken from the NZTA website. See