posted 8 months ago

Basic Checks Could Prevent Half Of All MOT Failures

Government statistics shows that the general public aren't doing themselves any favours when MOT’ing their vehicle…

Figures that have been recently released from the government show that nearly 50% of the faults found when testing vehicles were for avoidable issues, ones that could have been avoided with regular maintenance. This includes headlight bulbs, windscreen wipers and tyres too.

38% of the 28million MOTs in 2015 ended in an initial fail. Almost one in five cars tested fell short for lighting and signalling, including minor things like blown bulbs.

Motorists are being encouraged to avoid MOT failures by following simple maintenance procedures.

10 tips for passing your MOT first time

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Chief Executive, Paul Satoor, said:

“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 such as 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.” 

The DVSA recommended these tips to pass your MOT:

    • check that the headlights and other lights all work; give them a tap to check they are not loose or damaged and check the colours are right and match 
    • make sure brakes run smoothly and that the vehicle doesn’t pull to one side 

    • check tyres are the same size, with no cuts or bulges, and that they all have at least 1.6mm of tread 

  • Make sure that the windscreen wipers and washers work, and that the driver’s view of the road is clear of any stickers, toys or air fresheners

10 parts to check when servicing a vehicle

The most common reasons for MOT failures in 2014/15 were: 

  • lighting and signalling (18.4% of tests)
  • suspension (12.0% of tests)
  • brakes (9.6% of tests) 
  • tyres (7.4% of tests)
  • driver’s view of the road (6.6% of tests)