How not to fail your MOT test

The MOT test was introduced in the 1960s by the Ministry of Transport with the ultimate objective of checking vehicles to make sure that they were safe and roadworthy. Taking your car in for its MOT test can be a daunting experience for you, often time the reason most cars fail their MOT is for faults that could have easily been fixed beforehand. It can be unsettling if your car fails its MOT test as you’ll need to pay to have the test and if your vehicle doesn’t pass, it will not be roadworthy until all faults have been fixed and they test has been taken again. This post will dive into some tips you can follow to make sure that your car passes its MOT test first time.


The fastest and easiest thing to check are your lights, check that they are all working correctly. Headlights, rear lights, fog lights, brake lights, interior lights, hazard lights and indicator lights. If you notice any bulbs are blown, check your owner’s manual to see if you can replace them yourself.


It is always a clever idea to test out your brakes, handbrake and steering wheel. Make sure that they work as they should and if you feel anything unusual you should address it before you take your car in for its MOT test.


Your tyres are probably the most important feature of your car and require extra attention. Firstly, check that all the tyres are inflated to the correct pressure. You should also check the tread depth of all tyres, this can be easily done with the 20p test. To do this you simply have to insert a 20p coin into the space between treads on all four tyres (including spares) and if the 20p coin is still visible that means your tyres are worn below the minimum requirement and will need to be replaced. Look for tyres online for a chance to take advantage of the various deals that might be available to you.

Wiper blades

A priority during your MOT test is making sure that there are no obstructions from the drivers with, so this includes checking the wiper blades for damage, removing any stickers that might be obstructing the driver’s view. If any of the blades are leaving residue or scratches on the windscreen then you should consider replacing them.


After checking the essential there are other aspects of your car that could also do with checking. Inspect the filler cap and seal around if for any damage, check the horn and test if its loud and clear. You should also check that the Vehicle Identification Number on the car matches the VIN in your car’s logbook.

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