Safety inspections consist of a series of safety-related checks for various systems and areas of the vehicle. For example, some common checks include glass, horn, tires, wipers, lights, turn signals, brakes, mirrors, steering, suspension, and restraint systems. Some Canadian provinces require safety inspections at different times, such as when selling your vehicles.
Many other countries often adopt safety inspections as a means of regulating improved safety for motorists. Research shows that jurisdictions with annual safety inspection programs have accident rates that are 20 percent lower than in jurisdictions without safety inspections. Safety inspections represent a good opportunity to have minor problems corrected before they become major problems or hazards.
If you live in an area that requires a safety inspection, welcome it as an opportunity to have your car looked over thoroughly. There's more at stake here than just safety; an inspection can also detect problems that could cause major breakdown headaches in the near future. Plan your inspection into your schedule at a time when the inspection facility isn't backed up with other work. This often happens at the end of the month when everyone suddenly rushes at the last minute to schedule an inspection. Planning ahead gives you time to make better choices about different repairs or services that may be needed as determined during the inspection.