Guide To Passing Your MOT

Did you know that a bit of basic car maintenance can keep you safe and stop your car failing its MOT?


The 2015/16 Road Casualty Report shows that 1,830 accidents can be ascribed to the car being unroadworthy. More than half of these crashes happened because of tyre and braking defects.


The MOT is there to circumvent this, and the standards should be adhered to all year. Almost 50% of all failings found on MOTs could be prevented by carrying out systematic, straightforward checks and upkeep, like replacing wipers, bulbs and tyres – so doing this over the year is a logical idea.

Expert Advice

We at Perrys are urging you to steer clear of MOT fails and collisions occurring by doing regular, basic checks on your car. Our motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, commented: “Don’t wait until your car’s MOT is due to discover if your vehicle needs attention. Ensure your car is appropriately maintained and safe to drive always. Checking your tyres and lights will help you to stay legal and safe, as well as saving you money – and time – when your vehicle’s MOT is due.”

Typical MOT Fails

  • Lighting and signalling
  • Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Tyres
  • Driver’s view of the road

Top Tips To Pass The MOT

  • It is vital to ensure brakes work efficiently and that the car doesn’t pull to one side.
  • Also critical is to check tyres have no bulges or cuts, and that they all have 1.6mm of tread minimum.
  • Make certain headlights and your car’s other lights operate; give them a knock to ensure they’re not wobbly or broken and check the colours are right and match.
  • Ensure that your vehicle’s windscreen washers and wipers function, and that the driver’s view of the road is free of any obstruction (such as toys, air fresheners or stickers).