Illegal tyres are the fourth most common reason for an MOT failure, according to a new survey, yet this is so easily avoided.
It takes a few minutes to check if your tyres are safe and legal. All you have to do is dig out a 20p coin and insert it into the main grooves of the tyre. If the outer band of the 20p is visible when inserted, then the tyre may not have sufficient depth and may need replacing.
It is also worth sparing a few minutes to check that there are no signs of damage – lumps, bumps or cracks – in the rubber. Nails or stones embedded in the tyre could also lead to a possible MOT failure.
But while illegal tyres are fourth on the list, lighting and signalling defects are the most likely causes for flunking the motor test; suspension defects come second, closely followed by defective brakes, according to the survey by car finance website Car Loan 4U.
Denna Bowman, Head Office