Drivers urged to make little-known checks to ensure their car passes its MOT

TAKING your car for its MOT can be a nerve-racking time, especially now the cost of living has risen dramatically.

Waiting for a big bill is horrible, but it’s even worse if your car fails for something that could have been easily avoided.

These checks are often overlooked but are crucial if you want your car to pass its MOT

These checks are often overlooked but are crucial if you want your car to pass its MOTCredit: PEXELS

Experts at have put together the most important checks that are often overlooked and could mean your car fails.

Although most MOT centres will retest your car for free, you might have to spend money having the problem seen to beforehand.

Before your next test, make sure you check the following areas.

Number plate lights

It’s a legal requirement to have fully functioning licence plate lights, so police, other road users and speed cameras can easily identify your car.

Double check this issue even before an MOT is due, as it can lead to a fixed penalty fine.

Frayed seat belts

Over time it’s common for seat belts to become frayed, but it becomes an extremely dangerous problem once the condition worsens.

If they aren’t clicking in or they come out once pulled hard, then a failure is imminent.

Fill up on screenwash

One of the most unthought of checks to make before an MOT is checking the amount of screenwash in the car.

It’s an easy failure, but there’s also a simple solution by purchasing ready-to-use screenwash and filling up the fluid bottle.

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Reversing lights

Added in 2018, vehicles used from September 2009 must have working reversing lights otherwise it will lead to a failed MOT.

Some road users are unaware of this new rule change, so make sure to test those bulbs.

Rubber seal on fuel cap

A strong smell of petrol and a cap which won’t seal means it’s like your fuel cap is worn out.

Make sure to check the condition of your fuel cap when filling up the car and up towards the check date.

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Remove the air freshener

It’s an interior addition which many drivers opt for, however it’s best to remove the dangling air freshener when it’s time for the test.

Technically, it can be viewed as blocking the driver’s view and an obstruction of vision can lead to an automatic failure.

Cracks on the number plate

You need to check for all the minor details to get your car to pass its MOT and one of them is noticeable cracks on the number plate.

One crack covering a letter on the plate can be the break or make between a pass and a fail.