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Essential Checks for Your Vehicle To Get MOT Test Ready

Essential Checks for Your Vehicle To Get MOT Test Ready

As the date for your car's MOT test approaches, it's essential to ensure that your vehicle is in optimal condition to pass the inspection. 

While some checks may require the expertise of a professional mechanic, there are still several things that you, as the car owner, can do to give your car the best chance of passing the test.

1. Begin by thoroughly examining your car's lighting system. Ensure that your headlights, rear lights, and indicators are working correctly and not cracked or broken. 

Headlights

These are some of the most basic elements of your car's lighting system, and they are also some of the most frequently failed items during an MOT test.

In July to September 2022, lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment made up 11% of failure categories for cars*. 
 

2. Give your brakes an inspection. Check the brake pads and fluid levels to ensure that they are in good condition. If you notice any issues or your brakes feel spongy when driving, it's best to have them checked by a mechanic. 

Brakes

Your brakes are one of the most critical safety features of your car, and it's essential to ensure that they are working correctly.
 

3. Take a closer look at your car tyres. Make sure they have the correct pressure, that they are not worn down or damaged (such as bulges or cuts on the sidewall). 

Your tyres are the foundation that supports the entire vehicle, and their condition plays an important role in road safety. 

Tyre gauge

Worn or damaged tyres can be extremely dangerous and are another common reason for failed MOT inspections – with 6% of failed tests between July and September in 2022 having tyres listed as a fault**. 
 

4. Check your windshield wipers and washer fluid. Make sure that your wipers are in good condition and that you have enough washer fluid. 

Windscreen

It's essential to have a clear view of the road and dirty or streaky windshields can make it difficult to see.
 

5. Inspect your seat belts. Make sure they are working properly and not frayed or damaged.

Seatbelt

They are crucial in keeping you and your passengers safe in case of an accident or crash.
 

6. Lastly, give your horn a quick honk to test that it is working as expected.

car horn

A functioning horn can also be an important safety feature in case of an emergency or raising awareness of your presence on the road.

By taking the time to check these items before your MOT test, you can help ensure that your vehicle is in good working condition and ready to pass the inspection. 

Remember, if you're unsure about anything or notice a problem, it's always best to have any concerns checked over by a mechanic. A car service before an MOT test can also help to ensure it is in top condition.

Overall, a little bit of preparation can go a long way in ensuring a smooth and successful MOT test.

But perhaps more importantly - it can ensure the safety of you and your passengers.

Citations:

* -  https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/mot-testing-data-for-great-britain
** -  https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/mot-testing-data-for-great-britain

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