Did you know that nearly 50% of all faults found during an MOT can be avoided by carrying out regular, basic maintenance, like replacing tyres, bulbs and wipers?
The latest MOT testing data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) shows that around 40% of cars fail their MOT at the first attempt!
School yourself on the common MOT failures below in order to save money and make sure you pass your MOT next time it comes around.
You can avoid the most common MOT fails by checking:
Nearly 1 in 5 of all cars taken for MOT have a problem with lighting and signalling, which are often simple issues such as blown bulbs.
Checking your lightbulbs is easy to do. Often you just need to give them a light tap to see if they are loose or damaged and if they do need replacing, you can do them yourself. Ideally before your MOT.
During 2014/15, 7.4% of car MOT fails were due to tyre issues.
Use a depth gauge to check your tyre tread. The minimum tread for a car is 1.6mm.
You should also check that:
One in 10 MOT fails are due to brake issues and You can test your brakes every day as you set off.
If you hear any strange noises, or if your car pulls to one side, contact your local approved garage immediately.
You should also check your brake fluid levels.
DVSA Chief Executive, Paul Satoor, says:
"You shouldn’t wait for your MOT to check if your car needs maintenance. All drivers have a responsibility to make sure their vehicle is properly maintained and safe to drive at all times.
Carrying out simple checks on items like lights and tyres will help motorists to stay safe and legal, as well as saving time and money when their vehicle is due its MOT."