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Don't put off getting your MOT this January

Don't put off getting your MOT this January

Published by KLFM
12:26pm 21st January 2020.

It's difficult to save money in January - but don't put off getting your MOT because of it.

That's the advice from Highways England after figures from the DVSA show this time last year over half a million cars had a late MOT.

Of these, more than 70,000 failed with a dangerous fault. 

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These are some simple regular car checks that can 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

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