Six unusual checks drivers must do before MOT test – from lights to fuel cap

Six unusual checks drivers must do before MOT test – from lights to fuel cap

Booking an MOT test is important as parts of a vehicle must be checked to meet legal standards.

But now it's crucial for drivers to do some separate inspections before heading for their check-ups.

That's because experts warned of "unusual checks" which must be carried out beforehand.

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Motoring experts from and put together a list of checks to do before an MOT.

Faulty number plate lights and having no washer fluid for the windscreen could see drivers fail their tests.

A LeaseCar spokesman said: "We are approaching peak MOT season when traditionally the most MOTs are carried out.

"The time of the year when an MOT is due is one of the most nerve-wracking moments for drivers.

"It's extremely important to carry out unusual checks such as removing an air freshener and checking reversing lights, to make sure everything is in top form.

"We wanted to offer these useful tips to help drivers make these checks, which they may not have thought of before sending the car off for inspection."

Reversing lights

From 2018, vehicles used from September 2009 must have working reversing lights otherwise they'll fail their MOT.

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

Rubber seal on fuel cap

If there's a strong smell of petrol and a cap won't seal, it means it's worn out.

Drivers should check the condition of the fuel cap when filling up.

Fill up on screenwash

Drivers often forget to check their screenwash.

It's an easy failure but motorists can simply purchase a ready-to-use screenwash and fill up themselves.

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Cracks on the number plate

Drivers need to check for all the minor details to get their car to pass an MOT, including cracks on the number plate.

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

Frayed seat belts

Over time it's common for seat belts to become frayed, but it's extremely dangerous if the condition worsens.

If they aren't clicking in or they come out once pulled hard, then it could be a failure in an MOT test.

Number plate lights

By law motorists have to drive with fully functioning licence plate lights so police, road users and speed cameras can identify them.

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

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