SMMT urges motorists to check their tyres and offers other advice to help avoid MOT failures

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By Denna Bowman

A nationwide campaign to help motorists reduce MOT failures, with advice including checking their tyres, has been launched by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The initiative has been prompted by the SMMT’s research which indicates that around 1.5 million MOT failures each year could be avoided if motorists notify the dealer of simple problems with the vehicle before the annual roadworthiness test is carried out.

The organisation is therefore urging motorists to carry out simple pre-MOT visual checks on their own vehicles, including inspecting their car tyres, so they can pin-point problems in advance.

Taking just a ‘Minute Or Two’, the 10-step checklist takes vehicle owners through a series of quick-and-easy checks – from headlights and car tyres to windscreen wipers and fluid levels.

Key points to check include that wheels and car tyres are undamaged. The minimum legal ttread depth for tyres is 1.6mm and any tyres with less than this will be marked as an MOT ‘fail’ (though it’s recommended that tyres are changed when tread reaches 3mm).

Headlights and indicators should also be checked to confirm that they are functioning properly; all seatbelts should be in good, working order and the windscreen should be inspected for signs of damage, a chip larger than 10mm in the ‘swept’ area of the windscreen in front of the driver will mean a fail.

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