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How Not to Fail Your MOT!

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Did you know that there are some easy checks you can run on your vehicle to avoid the dreaded MOT fail? No? Well there are!

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has revealed in its latest yearly MOT statistics that, in 2014/15, around 40% of cars failed their MOT first time, but that 50% of faults were ones that could have been avoided with some simple car maintenance.

And guess what? Nearly 10% of fails were tyre-related. Now we know we bang on about tyres a lot, but it’s only because we care!

There are some important tyre checks that you should carry out regularly to save yourself the misery and expense of a failed MOT:

* tyre tread depth

* tyre pressure

* that there are no cuts, bulges or other signs of damage on the tyres

Driving on tyres with a tread depth below 1.6mm is not only dangerous – it’s actually illegal. In fact, to be on the safe side, we recommend getting them changed at 3mm. The difference that 1.4mm of tread can make to your stopping distance is quite incredible: think around the length of 1 or 2 cars!

Fear not though! It’s really simple to check your tread depth: all you need is a 20p piece.  Check out this video to show you how it’s done.

It’s not all about tyres though. Other super simple vehicle checks include:

* making sure all bulbs are working

* mirrors, wipers and washers

* brakes

* that your view of the road isn’t obstructed (even with fluffy dice!)

 

Why not take this DVSA quiz to see whether you know the simple checks you can run to avoid failing your MOT?

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