What can you check before your MOT to avoid failing?
Before taking your vehicle for an MOT, there are a number of checks you can carry out to ensure it is in the best possible condition for testing.
Start by checking your lights and indicators, making sure they are all working properly and are not cracked or broken.
Next, examine your tyres for any signs of wear and tear, ensuring they have the legal minimum tread depth of 1.6mm and are inflated to the correct pressure. You should also inspect your brakes, making sure they are responsive and there are no unusual noises when you apply them.
Other areas to check include your windscreen wipers, which should be fully functional and not leaving smears on the glass, and your seat belts, which must be in good condition and easily adjustable.
By carrying out these checks before your MOT, you can increase your chances of passing and avoid any unnecessary repair costs.
What is an MOT test?
MOT stands for Ministry of Transport test, which is a mandatory annual test that all vehicles in the UK over three years old are required to take in order to ensure they are safe to drive on the roads.
The MOT test assesses various aspects of a vehicle's safety and environmental impact, including brakes, lights, tyres, exhaust emissions, and seat belts. It is conducted by approved testing stations, which can include garages, car dealerships, and certain other service centres.
If a vehicle fails its MOT test, the owner is required to have the necessary repairs carried out before the vehicle can be legally driven on the road again. Without a valid MOT certificate, a vehicle is not legal to drive and the driver can face fines and penalties.