The coronavirus lockdown earlier this year resulted in millions of cars receiving a six-month extension to their MOT certificate but that leeway has ended.
With the current MOT failure rate at 32%, millions of vehicles that don’t meet levels of roadworthiness could be on the streets. GoCompare Car Insurance is warning that this year, more than ever, it’s essential that drivers ensure that their cars are safe for winter driving.
Mark Greening from GoCompare Car Insurance said, “The automatic extension of MOTs during the start of lockdown has left millions of cars without their annual roadworthiness check. But regardless when your car’s MOT is due, you have a legal obligation to ensure that it is safe to drive.
“As we approach winter, shorter daylight hours, rain, fog, and snow can make driving more challenging. So, it is essential drivers ensure their cars are in the best possible shape. Knowing how to do simple jobs such as checking the tread on your tyres or change a windscreen wiper blade will help you avoid getting a fine or points on your licence.
“If poor car maintenance leads to an accident you could face criminal charges for driving a vehicle in an unroadworthy and dangerous condition. This could also invalidate your car insurance leaving you picking-up the bill should you need to make a claim. Performing regular checks can also help keep down your car’s running costs.
“A well-maintained car is less likely to breakdown and, knowing how to perform some basic tasks can save you money on repair bills. If you don’t feel confident in preparing your vehicle for winter, many garages offer a winter check service.”