Preparing For Your MOT
Save time and money by carrying out some basic checks before you take your car for its MOT.
Your car’s MOT is the car version of an annual health check-up, making sure everything’s functioning properly so you’ll be safe driving for the next 12 months. But there are plenty of drivers who send their car for its MOT without carrying out some basic checks first, which increases its chance of failing.
According to government data, in 2015 there was a 38.3% initial MOT failure rate for cars, vans and small passenger vehicles. Of these tests, 18.4% had a problem with lighting and signalling, while 7.4% had issues with their tyres.
Here are some useful tips for preparing your car for its MOT:
Check your lights
Faults with vehicle lighting are the most common cause of MOT failure. Take the time to check:
• Your headlights in both main beam and dipped.
• Indicators on the side, rear,
• Brake lights.
• Number plate light.
• Your hazard lights (worth testing separately from indicators).
• Rear fog lights.
Check your tyres
Tyres are also a common cause of MOT failure, particularly when they don’t give the level of grip that is required by law.
• To check them, take a moment to ensure they’re not damaged in any way. Then, use a tyre tread gauge to see whether the depth of the tread is above the legal requirement of 1.6mm – any less than this measurement in the MOT results in an immediate fail.
• Tyres also need to be inflated to the right pressure, as stated in your car’s user manual – this can be topped up at most service stations.
Top up engine oil and fuel
A mechanic won’t be able to carry out the MOT exam unless your car has enough fuel and engine oil to run throughout the test. It’s best policy to fill everything up to the maximum level beforehand to be completely sure that your vehicle makes it through the test.