The country is expected to see a surge in MOT bookings this month.
According to the AA, up to 5.5 million cars deferred their test last year due to the relaxation in rules caused by nationwide lockdowns. If you’re caught without a valid MOT certificate, you can be landed with a £1,000 fine.
Motoring leasing company Vehicle Contracts explains the four simple checks that motorists can carry out whilst waiting for their MOT.
Things that you can check yourself before taking your car for its MOT:
Test your lights and brake lights
According to government data, 30% of all MOT fails are due to lighting and signalling faults. Test your brake lights and headlights on both sides to ensure that they aren’t broken or loose. Also test your indicator lights and replace any bulbs where necessary.
Check your brakes
Any brake issues should be a priority for any vehicle owner, and they can be tested daily. Unusual noises or pulling on one side should be investigated as soon as possible, and check your brake fluid levels to make sure that they are topped up nicely.
Tyre tread depth & pressure
Another top reason why a car can fail its MOT is due to tyre condition. The legal minimum of tyre tread depth for cars in the UK is 1.6mm, but 3mm is recommended before tyre replacement for optimum safety guarantee.
If your tyres are visibly worn, the tread level will be near the wear indicator – and if there is no indicator, try the 20p test. Place a 20p coin into the tyre grooves and if the outer rim of the coin is covered, then your tyre should be above the legal minimum tread depth. If not, change your tyres before the MOT date to avoid being caught out.
Mirrors and wiper blades
Safety is crucial and this includes driver visibility of the road. Replace windshield wipers, front and back, as soon as any smearing or damage occurs, top up washing fluid regularly and ensure that your mirrors are adjustable and in good working order.
Rob Harris, Director of Vehicle Contracts said, “Motorists should not wait until the annual MOT to determine if maintenance is required on their vehicle.
“Regular checks such as the above should be performed frequently to ensure that the vehicle is safe for both the road and for the driver. Time and money can be saved in the long term if you keep on top of your car maintenance and can offer some peace of mind whilst waiting for your MOT appointment.”