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What’s being checked in an MOT?

The main reason for having the MOT test is to improve road safety in the UK by ensuring that all vehicles are roadworthy. Cars that are tested in garages have to meet the following checks in order to be passed as roadworthy:

Brakes Test

Brakes – an obvious check, the tester has to test the brake pads, and also the level of brake fluid. If needs be the pads will be changed and the brake fluid will be topped up. The hand brake is also checked.

Tyres Check

Tyres – the tyres are checked for the thickness of the tread, it has to be at least 1.6 mm to pass the test. Thinner threads are dangerous so your vehicle will not be allowed back on the road until the tread is thick enough. The air pressure may also be checked. Drivers should check their tyres at least once a month, using a 20 pence piece, like the band on it is 1.6 mm, and if the band can be seen the tyres are not safe.

Windscreen Inspection

The windscreen wipers are checked to make sure that they wipe the screen properly. Remember to top up the windscreen wash before the MOT as the levels are checked and it is a simple reason for failing the test.

Windscreen Wipers Inspection

Aside from windscreen wipers, the windscreens are also checked for anything else that could obstruct the driver’s view such as dirt, stickers, or transfers. Such obstructions will have to be removed.

Light Check

Headlamps, indicators, and brake lights are checked to ensure that the vehicle can be seen in poor light and at night. By checking indicators and brake lights, the tester will know if other motorists can tell if the car was braking or changing direction.

Warning lights on the dashboard are checked too, and an issue indicated by the warning has to be resolved.