If you’re the owner of a car (or any other vehicle) then you’ll know the importance of staying on top of repairs and maintenance, for the safety of you as the driver and others on the road. One vital aspect of good vehicle maintenance is regular MOT testing, and all drivers should be ensuring that their vehicles complete this test once a year.

You may take your car, motorbike or van in for an MOT out of sheer habit, but it helps to know exactly why this test is so important for the safety of everyone on the road. With this in mind, see our brief guide to what an MOT test is, and why it’s so crucial for any vehicle.

What is an MOT test?

Introduced in 1960, the Ministry of Transport test (MOT) was put in place to ensure that vehicles are roadworthy and safe to drive. Most cars, motorbikes, goods vehicles, vans and many other types of transport are required to have an MOT test once a year.

The test lasts around 45 minutes to an hour and involves a thorough safety check of your vehicle, including aspects such as exhaust and emissions, seat belts, lights, brakes, tyres and wheels, doors, seats, suspension and fuel systems. If your car fails the MOT because of a serious fault, you’ll need to leave it at the garage so the damage can be repaired.

The legal bit

Any car over three years old must pass a yearly MOT test by law, to show that it is roadworthy. If you are found to be driving a vehicle that does not have a valid MOT then you can potentially be fined up to £1000, so it’s essential to keep track of when your most recent test occurred.

If you’re unsure, simply enter your registration number on the government website here and it will tell you whether the vehicle passed or failed, the mileage recorded when it was tested, where each test was done and when the next MOT is due.

Why it’s important

There are many reasons why regular MOT testing is of the utmost importance, with the number one being safety, for both the driver and passengers and any other drivers on the road. MOT tests allow any current or potential problems to be identified and repaired before they escalate and it prevents any unsafe vehicles from being out on the road for an extended period of time.

It’s also a legal necessity and vehicle owners cannot pay for tax or insurance for their vehicle if it’s failed the MOT – and it’s a costly and dangerous mistake to drive without either. MOT tests help to extend the longevity of your vehicle too, by diagnosing any issues before they cause greater damage to your car.

If your vehicle is due to book in for an MOT test, get in touch with the experts at Adderley Green Garage. Our test centre can conduct thorough MOT testing for a wide range of vehicles, including cars, motorbikes, minibuses and motorhomes, so you can stay safe and be back on the road in no time. For more information about any of our services, including MOTs, engine diagnostics and breakdown recovery, give us a call today or visit our website.