Recent government statistics suggest that half of the faults found in MOT tests can be prevented by performing simple car maintenance.
The most common cause of MOT failure is lighting and signalling issues, such as blown bulbs, which cause almost 19 per cent of all MOT failures. Suspension (13 per cent) and brake (10 per cent) problems are a close second and third.
Taking the time to periodically perform these safety checks saves you time and money when your car’s MOT is due.
- Check your lights. Inspect lights for loose or damaged parts, and ensure light colours are correct and matching.
- Examine your tyres. Check for at least 1.6mm tread, and for cuts, bulges and inflation.
- Analyse your brakes. Make sure brakes work efficiently and don’t pull the vehicle to one side.
- Test your windscreen wipers and washers. Confirm proper functionality and visibility.
- Clear obstructions from your view of the road. Remove distractions, such as sat navs, air fresheners and mobiles, from blocking your view.
Remember, you must get an MOT for your vehicle by the third anniversary of its registration, or if it’s over three years old, by the anniversary of its last MOT. If your car fails its MOT, it is illegal to be driven—unless it is being driven to be repaired or to a MOT.
Contact the insurance professionals at Bennett Christmas Insurance Brokers Ltd today for more information on keeping your car safe.