MoTs are there for a reason; to keep our roads, our vehicles and most importantly ourselves safe and are something that should never be overlooked. MoTs are simply in place to ensure that your car is safe to drive, in good working order as well as highlight any potential hazards that may arise.
Checks To Keep You Safe
As with many things, cheap may not always be cheerful and it’s essential that you book an MoT with a fully-qualified and experienced MoT Centre. MoTs have come a long way since they were first introduced in the 1960s, now encompassing a number of aspects from braking, lighting and steering to engine efficiency, emissions and sophisticated electrical diagnostics.
While you may not be a grease monkey or petrol head, there are a few simple checks you can carry out to help your vehicle pass first time…
Make sure you check that all your external and internal bulbs are working. That includes headlights, sidelights, rear light, indicators, brake lights and hazard lights. Any bulbs that do not appear to be working, make sure you replace these straight away. If you have trouble fitting them, call in the experts.
2: Brake Fluid
An essential requirement of any vehicle, make sure that your brakes does not feel spongy when pressed. Modern brakes work by hydraulics so it is important to top up brake fluid levels and identify if there is any air trapped. This can be removed by bleeding.
Feel and check that your tyres are not damaged or worn. If they look worn, check the tread depth is above the minimum requirement of 1.6mm. It is recommended that tyres are changed when the tread reaches 3mm so if you are unsure, have a technician look at your tyres.
4: Windscreen Wipers and Screenwash
Windscreen wipers should operate smoothly and be sure to replace them the wiper is rubbing or appears to be smudging the screen. Top up your screenwash too if it appears low. Also any damage to your windscreen and mirrors could result in a ‘Fail’ so make sure you look for any cracks and chips.
HONK! Make sure your horn works, if not it will need replacing!
6: Clean and Final Checks
Finally, give your car a clean – inside and out. This will help give the right impression, as well as create a welcoming and refreshing environment for your mechanic. Finally, double check that your seatbelts lock when tugged aggressively as well as other signs or damage.
You don’t have to be an expert in cars to get the basics right and by taking the time to carry out a few simple checks yourself, you can increase your chances of a ‘PASS’ first time. If you are unsure, always acquire the expertise of a reputable and specialist MoT Centre and address any potential problems sooner rather than later.
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