In 2012, there were 8.1 million MOT failures in the UK, according to new figures released by VOSA, the government body that oversees MOT tests.
Yet as I’ve written before, many failures are caused by sloppy maintenance and ignorance on the part of motorists.
Almost one in five of the MOT failures recorded by VOSA last year could have been avoided if motorists had checked their car beforehand and fixed a few simple-to-spot problems — or asked their garage to fix them before testing the vehicle.
Some of the most common causes of MOT failure are blown light bulbs, worn windscreen wipers, worn tyres and low oil levels. All of these are fairly simple to fix and can easily be addressed by motorists before they take their car for an MOT.
It’s also worth pointing out that blown bulbs, worn-out windscreen wipers, and worn-out tyres are also dangerous and may be illegal to drive with. Shrugging off problems until MOT time isn’t just lazy, it could also contribute to an accident, or land you with a costly fine.
If you don’t feel able to fit parts such as new bulbs and windscreen wipers yourself, then the easiest way to get bulbs or windscreen wipers changed is to visit your local branch of Halfords, and use the firm’s FastFit service, which is available at all Halfords shops, as far as I know.
Introducing the ‘Minute or Two Check’
If you would like to learn more about how to spot and fix simple problems and avoid a costly MOT failure, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has produced a short video showing you how to inspect your car for easy-to-spot problems:
The objective of the Minute Or Two initiative is to reduce the number of easily-avoidable MOT failures by educating motorists. With these simple checks, motorists can ensure that they are in the best possible position to pass the test, saving themselves time as well as money on costs encountered with a failure.
For more tips, you can also visit the SMMT’s new website, www.passsmymot.co.uk.