Preparing for Your MOT – a Checklist
If your car is over 3 years’ old, it will need to pass an MOT test each year to prove its roadworthiness. This is a date in the diary that drivers tend to dread – because a fail means your car cannot be driven until the required repairs are made. The good news is that there are ways to take the sting out of this annual event. The Country Vehicles team has come up with 6 tips to help you pass your MOT first time.
When is Your MOT Due?
Your MOT will always be due on about the same date. You should have an MOT certificate with the expiry date of your most recent test. You can book in your next MOT up to a month before it expires. If you don’t know where your certificate is, or you don’t have it, you can check the MOT status of your vehicle here. All you have to do is enter your registration number.
6 Tips to Help You Pass Your MOT
Just carrying out these simple checks will improve your chances of passing your MOT:
Tyres are a common cause of MOT failure, either because of worn treads, incorrect tyres, or wear and tear.
- Treads. To test whether your tyres are legal, take a 20p coin and place it in each of the tyre treads. If you can’t see the outer band of the coin, your tread is fine. If you can, it means your tread is below the legal limit of 1.6mm.
- Wear. Look for any lumps or cuts in the tyre.
- Correct Tyres. Check that the tyres are the same size on either side of the car when you view the axle.
This is THE most common cause of MOT failure and a quick check is all that’s needed to avoid it.
- Lights. Turn your lights on and walk around the car to check that no bulbs have blown.
- Brake Lights. Get someone to check that your brake lights are working.
- Indicators. Check that the indicators are flashing. Check your number plate light.
- Clean Lights. If your plastic lights are looking misty, get a restoration kit to clean them.
3. Driver’s View of the Road
Failing because the driver’s view of the road is obstructed could be down to a number of issues that can be checked in advance:
- Objects on Dashboard. Remove any distractions from the driver’s eyeline.
- Air Fresheners. Too many objects dangling can be perceived as a problem.
- Windscreen Cracks and Chips. If these sit within the arc of the windscreen wipers they must be less than 10mm. Outside that area they must be no bigger than 40mm.
- Windscreen Wipers. Make sure these are not torn and are working properly.
Check that your mirrors are all secure and that you can see out of them clearly. Take care to give the outside mirrors a clean before the test.
5. Registration Number
Make sure that your car number plates are clean and can be seen from a distance.
Check it’s in good working order.
Let Country Vehicles in Shefford Take Care of Your MOT
Country vehicles offers easy-to-book, competitively priced MOT testing in Bedfordshire. All you need to do is let us know when you want to bring your car in and we’ll take care of everything else. If your car fails its MOT the CVS team will be available to carry out the work required for a pass. We can also combine vehicle servicing and MOT in one go.
Is your vehicle’s MOT coming up? For local MOT testing in Shefford, call 01234 381555, or contact us online.