How you can help yourself get the pass
Find out how you can prepare for your next MOT test.
What to check
There are a surprisingly large number of MOT items that you can quickly check yourself, with no specialist knowledge or equipment, as listed below.*
||The biggest failure item. Do they all function properly?
||Check front, rear and side repeaters where fitted.
||Are they both working?
|Rear Fog Light
||Driver's side must be working (all vehicles post April 1 1980).
||Tread depth (minimum 1.6mm), check for sidewall defects, tread pattern wear. All wheel studs fitted and no rim damage.
||Must all be functioning.
||Blade rubbers in good condition and not torn/split.
||Must be displayed and legible (all vehicles post August 1980).
||Check that both front doors can be opened from inside and outside.
||Must be able to open from outside.
||Must be present, secure and have rubber seal.
||Must be secure and visible from driver's seat.**
||Battery and terminals must be secure.
||Must be secure and the webbing must be in good condition.
||The brake and throttle pedal rubbers must be present.
|Dash Warning Lights
||Airbag / ABS / Traction control / TPMS (vehicles registered post 2012) if lit while the engine is running, are MOT failures.
* For guidance only - does not constitute the full test.
** Minimum of 2 mirrors which must include the drivers side external mirror and/or internal or passenger side external mirror
Other key items that would be checked at the testing station are steering, vehicle structure, windscreen, suspension, seats, brakes, fuel & exhaust systems, emissions and tow bar if fitted.
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