Check your tyres to avoid a costly MOT fail

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Tyre-related problems are the cause of one in 10 annual MOT failures, according to new statistics released by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Vicki Butler Henderson demonstrates how to check tyre tread depth to reduce the risk of aquaplaning

And yet most of these problems could have been rectified ahead of the MOT, allowing the vehicle to pass the test and avoid wasted time, hassle and possible expense for motorists.

Also, looking beyond the inconvenience and cost of an MOT fail, is the fact that any vehicle being driven around with illegal or damaged tyres poses a threat for all road users.

The statistics have therefore prompted Paul Satoor, DVSA chief executive, to warn motorists: “You shouldn’t wait for your MOT to check if your car needs maintenance.

“All drivers have a responsibility to make sure their vehicle is properly maintained and safe to drive at all times. Carrying out simple checks on items such as lights and tyres will help motorists to stay safe and legal, as well as saving time and money when their vehicle is due its MOT.”

etyres operate a mobile tyre fitting service, which means that motorists who check there tyres ahead of the MOT and discover they need new tyres or a puncture repair do not have to risk driving on illegal tyres to get to a garage or fast fit centre.

Replacing tyres ahead of the test can also save motorists money too. It can avoid the expense of a potential re-test and also spares them being held to ransom by a garage and paying over-inflated prices in order to get their vehicle back on the road again as quickly as possible.

etyres supply and fit a wide range of tyres to suit all vehicles, driving styles and budgets, including economy, mid-range and all the premium brands.

UK law requires all tyres to have a minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm across the central three quarters and around the entire circumference. Click here to watch the etyres video featuring Vicki Butler Henderson demonstrating how quick and easy it is to carry out the checks.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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