I recently read that 50 per cent of all faults found on MOTs could be avoided by carrying out regular, simple maintenance including bulbs, wipers and tyres.
The latest MOT testing data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) shows that around 40 per cent of cars fail at the first attempt and common fails include:
- Light bulbs – 30 per cent of all faults are related to lighting and signalling;
- Tyre condition and pressure – accounts for 10 per cent of all faults;
- Mirrors, wipers and washers – 8.5% of all faults are related to the driver’s view of the road
The light stuff
Checking light bulbs is easy to do by giving them a tap to see if they are loose or damaged. Replacement bulbs are fairly cheap and you can change them yourself or ask a garage, such as your good friends at Worcester’s Mobile Mechanic!
Don’t get tyre-d
Use a tread depth gauge to check your tyre tread – the minimum tread for a car is 1.6mm. Also check that the tyre pressures are correct and that tyres have no signs of damage such as cuts and bulges.
Take a brake(s)
One in 10 MOT fails are due to brake issues but you can test them every day as soon as you get in your vehicle.
If the car starts to pull to one side or you hear any strange noises, contact us straight away.
Remember to check that your brake fluid is topped up by looking for the high/low markings on the reservoir.
If you would like any advice on carrying out basic maintenance on your vehicle, please pop in and see the friendly team at Worcester’s Mobile Mechanic.
Remember a poorly maintained vehicle is a breakdown waiting to happen.