Surprising (And Avoidable!) Ways You Can Fail Your MOT

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Your car’s annual MOT can be considered as a basic vehicle health check. While it won’t guarantee that your car is in the best possible condition, it does confirm that it’s safe to drive on the UK’s roads. The MOT is pass/fail, so it’s in your best interests to ensure that your car is most likely to pass. To help you do this, we’ve put together a list of some of the surprisingly simple reasons why some vehicles fail.

Screen Wash

You would be amazed by the amount of cars that fail their MOT because the screen wash isn’t topped up. This is a very simple task to carry out, and it’s worth doing so before taking your car to the garage. You should also ensure that you use proper screen wash fluid to do this, as using something unsuitable can also result in a fail. The point is for the wash to clear your screen safely. If your screen wash is leaving a residue that impairs your vision, it’s not doing a good job of keeping you safe on the road.

Dirty Number Plates

If your number plates are so dirty that they can’t be read, this will result in an MOT failure. It’s very simple to get a damp cloth and wipe your number plates, so don’t forget to carry out this basic maintenance task. You should also keep in mind that it’s illegal to drive with number plates with so much dirt that you can’t read them. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to keep them spotlessly clean.

Car With Dirty Numberplate

It’s a good idea to clean your car before its MOT, as any dirt that’s so built up it could be hiding rust could also cause your vehicle to fail. Do your garage a favour and get rid of any grub that might make their job more difficult.

Silly Accessories & Stickers

If you’re a fan of fuzzy dice or windscreen stickers, you may want to think twice about them. Anything that would impact your vision could result in a failure. This includes anything that dangles from your interior mirror. Although your mechanic can remove these in order to pass the vehicle, it’s much safer and simpler to remove them and permanently place them somewhere less distracting.

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