How not to fail your MOT: 10 handy tips

Here at Eden Tyres & Servicing we understand that taking you car for an MOT test can be a nerve-wracking experience! To try to help you be prepared we’ve put together 10 handy tips to help you car pass its next MOT:

Service your car regularly

One of the best ways to keep your car MOT ready is by servicing it regularly at a reputable garage.  This will ensure that your vehicle is safe on the road and any problems should be sorted out well before your MOT. Often, if problems are found in their early stages, expensive repairs can be avoided.

Check oil and water

Take a look under the bonnet every few months to check the oil and water levels, and make sure they are topped up before your MOT.

Regularly test your lights

Changing a bulb may only takes a few minutes, but it could be the difference between a pass and a fail on an MOT test.

Don't ignore windscreen damage

That little chip on your windscreen might turn into a crack if it’s ignored.  Chips and cracks are usually covered on insurance and will not affect your no claims bonus. Don’t forget windscreen wipers either; if they do not work properly it could result in an MOT fail.

Check the horn

The most simple of all our tips, but still something that could prevent you failing your MOT test!

All seatbelts should be working

Make sure to test all the seatbelts in your car before an MOT.  As an MOT is basically a safety test for your vehicle, all seatbelts must be in full working order to pass the MOT test.

Don't risk a dodgy number plate

If your registration does not match legal specifications, it will fail an MOT test and you could risk being fined.

Keep an eye on tyre condition

Did you know that one of the most common causes of MOT failure is the tyre tread depth? Check your tyres by putting a 20p coin into the grooves. If the outer rim of the 20 pence coin is covered by the groove, the tyre is probably safe. If you are unsure, a tyre specialist such as Eden Tyres will be able to advise you.

Drive carefully

Simple changes to your driving will make a vast difference to the general wear and tear on your car.  For example, reducing your speed by 10 mph on the motorway could help your tyres to go further.

Keep your car clean

Cleaning your car regularly, inside and out, doesn’t just improve the experience of your car for passengers, but it could also help at your MOT. Did you know that if your vehicle is excessively dirty, your MOT tester has the right to refuse to test it?

Here at Eden Tyres & Servicing we can help and advise you on all aspects of MOT testing.

Give our team a call to speak to one of our experts.