What You Need to Know Before Your Next Vehicle Inspection

Whether you are new to the state of Georgia or have been a long-time resident, annual vehicle inspections are part of ongoing automobile maintenance.  In fact, if your inspection is not current, you will not be able to renew your vehicle registration.  And for both vehicle inspections and registration, you must provide proof of insurance.  Peter Laczko Insurance Inc. services Woodstock, GA and can help you find the right policy so that you are prepared for your next vehicle inspection.

The Vehicle Inspection Process

In Georgia, the vehicle inspection process includes at least three smog and emissions related tests.  And if your vehicle is older than the model year 1995, additional testing is also required.  There primary tests include:

  • The on-board diagnostic (OBD), to test emissions control performance.
  • The fuel cap inspection to ensure there is an adequate seal.
  • The catalytic converter inspection checks for removal or interference.

These tests are not required for some eco-friendly vehicles such as those that run on battery electricity, natural gas, propane, or hydrogen.

Tips to Ensure Your Vehicle Passes Inspection

It is recommended by Georgia’s Clean Air Force that vehicles inspections are done at least four to six weeks before it is time to renew registration so that there is time to fix any issues.  To ensure your vehicle passes, follow these guidelines:

  • Follow your vehicle manufacturer’s scheduled maintenance recommendations.
  • Change oil regularly.
  • Secure fuel cap after filling up with gasoline.
  • Keep tires inflated.

With proper care and current insurance, a passing inspection should be simple.  If it is time to consider a new insurance policy, contact Peter Laczko Insurance Inc. of Woodstock, GA.  Our independent insurance agents will help you find the policy that best fits your needs and budget. 


What Are The Essentials For RV Living?

Peter Laczko Insurance Inc. has compiled a list of the essentials for recreational living. For the sake of length and time, the musts for any RV life are grouped as follows:

  • The Kitchen:  Cookware, dishware, silverware, storage containers, cooking utensils, sandwich bags, garbage bags, baking soda, vinegar, seasonings, coffee/tea pot (or maker),  micro blender, mini chopper, foil, wax paper, mixing bowl, can opener and skewers.
  • Linens: Bedding (sheets, blankets, pillows), towels (bath, hand, kitchen, etc.), oven mitts, pot holders, and bath mat.
  • Miscellaneous: Fire extinguisher, cleaning supplies, laundry supplies, dish soap, and toiletries (shaver, toothbrush, mouthwash, hair brush, shampoo, and conditioner), work gloves, rubber gloves (when emptying black and gray water), cleaning wipes, rags/shop towels, window cleaner, ant spray, moth balls or cedar chips, binoculars and playing cards.
  • Survival: Matches (waterproof), eye glass repair kit, umbrella, hats, road flares, bug spray, citronella, maps, GPS, compass, field guides, hunting knife, batteries, flashlight, solar charging system, roadside emergency reflective vest, fishing line, bottled water, water purification tablets, and a rain poncho.
  • Tools: Bungee cords, toolbox (including a hammer, nails, screws, soldering gun, wrench, socket set, wire cutters), duct tape, white hose (meant to use on refilling water tank), folding shovel, ax, caulk/caulking gun, and goggles.
  • Equipment: Tankless portable air compressor, bicycle, walkie-talkies, portable folding chairs and table, cordless drill, folding step stool, ladder, broom, dustpan, portable vacuum, digital AV adapter, extension cord, and hand saw
  • First-Aid: First-Aid kit (full size) plus aspirin, antacid, Benadryl, sunscreen, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil. 

Using cast iron cookware can be used inside, and out on the BBQ, but too many pieces can be less that kind with regards to the gas economy. All that is left to pack is food, clothing, recreational equipment and portable entertainment.  Two items often forgotten until needed are a sewing kit and hand-crank radio.

Long term living would tack on other items such as an iron and ironing board, and bringing along pets is another list.  

The most essential for RV living is to have proper insurance coverage, and Peter Laczko Insurance Inc. can help you there.