This week IAM RoadSmart is looking at some easy ways to increase your car’s chances of passing its MOT test.
Many people don’t prepare their car for an MOT at all, when a set of simple checks could save you time, money and inconvenience. Many cars fail on the basic items we’re about to highlight, leaving you rushing around attempting to fix them at late notice and possibly great expense.
Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart's head of driving and riding standards says start from the outside:
- Wash your car. This will allow you to see any damage, especially to wheels
- Check tyres. Make sure there is no damage and there is there is a tread depth of at least 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre width and around the whole circumference of the tyre
- Clean your windscreen so you can see any cracks
- Make sure all lights are working get someone to help with brake lights or look at a reflection in a shop window or garage door
- Lift the wipers and check the feathered edge (the thin part of the blade that touches the screen) for any damage. Then wipe them with a damp cloth
- Look under the car to see if there are any fluid leaks
Now let’s talk fluids!
- Make sure all fluids under the bonnet are topped up – these areas are often marked in yellow
- Make sure the windscreen washer nozzles are working and aim at the windscreen
- Don’t forget about the rear wash-wipe if your car has one
- Make sure the horn works
- Does the parking brake hold the car?
- Pull all the seat belts out the entire way and make sure they retract. Unwind if necessary
Richard said: “These basic checks will help make your chances of passing an MOT much greater. So many fails are as a result of these issues.
“But what I have suggested should not just be a once-a-year activity – these are checks that should be part of a weekly routine to ensure your car is safe to be driven day in, day out.”
Notes to editors:
- Richard Gladman is IAM RoadSmart's head of driving and riding standards.
- IAM RoadSmart has a mission to make better drivers and riders in order to improve road safety, inspire confidence and make driving and riding enjoyable. It does this through a range of courses for all road users, from online assessments through to the advanced driving and riding tests. IAM RoadSmart is the trading name of all businesses operated by the UK’s largest road safety charity, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and was formed in April 2016 combining the IAM, IAM Drive & Survive, PDS and IAM Driver Retraining Academy. The organisation has 92,000 members and campaigns on road safety debates on their behalf. At any one time there are over 7,000 drivers and riders actively engaged with IAM RoadSmart’s courses, from members of the public to company drivers, while our Driver Retraining Academy has helped 2,500 drivers to shorten their bans through education and support programmes.
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