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Getting Your Car Ready For an MOT Test

You can avoid a lot of stress by making adequate preparations before taking your car for an MOT test. If your vehicle fails to pass the test, it will be repeated, and this means you have to pay for the test again.

In this post, I will discuss some helpful tips to guide you while preparing your car for an MOT test.

Find out the current MOT test procedure

In the UK, the MOT test procedures and scope were reviewed on May 20, 2018. This means there is new information that can help you get prepared for the process. Find out the changes in the MOT test procedure to know which new tests apply to your vehicle.

Check for dashboard warning signs

It is important to confirm there are no warning signs on your dashboard. Those signs are an indication something is wrong with your car systems and needs to be checked.

Top-up your car fluids

It is also a good idea to ensure all your car fluids are at the right gauge before an MOT test. These fluids are important because they enable all the related parts of your car to function properly. For example, insufficient brake fluids in your car can compromise the efficiency of your vehicle’s braking system.

Cracks on the windscreen

These blemishes are easily noticed during MOT tests and can lead to a failure. If there is a crack on your windscreen fix it before the test.

Working signal lights

These lights help you communicate with other drivers on the road to avoid a car crash. All the signal and main lights in your car must be fully functional at the time of an MOT test.

The tread depth of your tyres

In the UK, it is expected that the tread gauge depth of your tyres should be at least 1.6mm. This depth should be consistent all around the tyres. Road safety is highly dependent on the quality of your tyres, so MOT tests include these assessments to ensure you and other road users are safe.

You should also ensure the number plate on your vehicle conforms to the UK standards, and other accessories such as windscreen wipers are functional. How does your engine sound? Does the exhaust emit smoke? High emission from exhausts can cause a failed MOT test, so you have to fix the problem.

It is also helpful to read online forums where other people discuss their experiences during MOT tests. You can learn a thing or two and avoid making those mistakes.