MOT changes – but tyres are still a key factor

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The MOT system is set to drive into the digital age with a major overhaul of the testing technology, delivering greater flexibility and functionality.

The new legislation, which will be rolled out to Test Stations and garages from next month, will require them to operate a new internet-based MOT testing system, which will replace existing computers and Vehicle Testing Station (VTS) devices.

While the the biggest change is the responsibility for garages to have the right equipment for the job, it will not alter the requirements of the test, including the need to have safe and legal tyres.

Millions of drivers are placing themselves and other road users in unnecessary danger by driving on unsafe or illegal tyres, according to TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety group.

Data supplied by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency reveals that more than 2.2 million cars failed their annual MOT test in 2013 because of the state of their tyres.

Motorists safety on the road is totally dependent upon the condition of their tyres so it’s vital that they are checked regularly, and not just before the MOT test.

Driving on dangerous or illegal tyres can leave motorist vulnerable to a number of hazards such as longer stopping distances, loss of grip or an increased risk of aquaplaning but these can all be minimised with appropriate safety checks.

To help motorists improve their safety on the road, TyreSafe recommends carrying out the following three key safety checks before an MOT and at least once a month:

1. Check tyre pressures to ensure they are in line with the vehicle manufacturers recommended settings

2. Check tyre tread depths and make sure they are well above the legal minimum of 1.6mm

3. Check the tyre for signs of damage, such as cuts, lumps or bulges and make sure there are no items embedded in the tread

Motorists who need new tyres are advised to have them fitted prior to the test in order to avoid the inconvenience and possible expense of a re-test. It can also save vehicle owners a lot of money, because they can find the lowest prices by checking online with etyres, in order to secure the best deal, rather than having to pay an inflated price to a garage in order to get back on the road as soon as possible.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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