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Don’t delay your MOT to save money this January

Joanna Faith
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Joanna Faith

If you’re hoping to save some money in January by delaying your MOT – don’t, says Highways England.

Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) show that last January over half a million cars had a late MOT. Of these, more than 70,000 failing with a dangerous fault.

The DVSA is urging drivers to make sure their car has an up-to-date MOT and to sign up for a free MOT reminder.

When you sign up you’ll get a reminder one month before your MOT is due.

You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.

Here are some simple regular car checks to help avoid breakdowns:

  • Check tyres: prior to setting off on a long/significant journey, check your tyre pressures are suitable for the load and the condition of your tyres, including the spare. Look out for cuts or wear and make sure the tyres have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm, which is the legal limit.
  • Check engine oil: use your dipstick to check oil regularly and before any long journey, and top up if needed. Take your car back to the garage if you’re topping up more than usual.
  • Check water: to ensure you have good visibility, always keep your screen wash topped up so you can clear debris or dirt off your windscreen.
  • Check lights: if your indicators, hazard lights, headlights, fog lights, reverse lights or brake lights are not functioning properly, you are putting yourself and your family at risk. In addition, light malfunctions can be a reason for your vehicle to fail its MOT.
  • Check fuel: before setting out, check your fuel levels and make sure you have enough to get to your destination.