Maintaining cars, vans and utes

Have your vehicle serviced regularly

Have your vehicle serviced regularly to keep it in good mechanical condition – check the vehicle handbook for the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations on how often you should do this.

Do your own vehicle check - TWIRL

Whatever your vehicle's age, make or model, there are things you can do to keep it running well and safely. It doesn't take long to give your car a quick safety check. The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) recommend that you give it a regular TWIRL and take it to an expert if anything's wrong.


  • Check the tread depth. Minimum legal depth is 1.5mm but the more tread you have the better the grip and the safer you’ll be.
  • Check the tyre pressure – correct levels can usually be found on the inside door frame or check out EECA's tyre pressure tool.
  • Look for cracks or bubbles in the sides.
  • Look for sharp objects stuck in the tyres.

Tyre pressure tool

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.


  • Look for obvious areas of corrosion that can weaken the car’s structure.


  • 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

Visit the NZTA website for more information on TWIRL and other safety checks you can make while you’re driving.

Check your car, the safety basics – NZTA website