Smog tests are a routine mandate in all of California. You have to take your car in once every other year for a checkup as a part of the state’s registration process. The whole point of a smog test is to make sure each vehicle is not releasing any more emission than it should.

 

So, how do you ensure you pass your smog test?

 

Make sure you are staying up to date on all regular maintenance of your vehicle.

 

It might seem like a small, minor inconvenience at the time, but down the road, your wheels are going to thank you. Always make sure your dash has no warning blinking signs, they should never be ignored.

 

Get regular tune-ups and check-ins on the vehicle as a whole.

 

Each vehicle is different and requires different scheduling for servicing, so check with your manufacturer’s maintenance schedule for more details.

 

Reducing emission by going easy on your car.

 

Treat your gas and brake pedals gently. The more often you slam on the brakes or jump the gun when the light turns green, the more damaging wear and tear you put on your vehicle. 

 

Change your oil, on time!

 

A failed smog test can be avoided by a simple fix, making sure your oil is clean and not contaminated. Always change your oil before you get a smog test.

 

Don’t Idle.

 

Most modern vehicles do not need to warm up before driving anymore. Unnecessary idling does more damage than good, causing excess engine wear, fuel waste and increased air pollution.