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Millions at risk of fines and penalties for making this simple car MOT test mistake

All vehicles must have a valid MOT at all times (Image: Getty)

Motorists are urged to do checks on their car before going for an MOT test (Image: Getty)

Aaron Edwards, spokesman for Halfords Autocentres said: “The MOT test can be an anxious time – it can be a little bit like waiting for your exam results.

“When it comes to doing things that may cause stress and cost money, people tend to leave these things to the last minute.”

Halfords’ study also revealed 71 percent of motorists polled didn’t realise running out if screenwash could risk failing.

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A massive 60 percent didn’t know they could fail an exam if their windscreen stickers were considered to obscure the driver’s view of the road.

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As many as 56 percent were not aware that under-inflated tyres could lead them to fail an MOT test.

Almost one-third did not know driving with damaged windscreen wipers will cause them to fail the exam as a quarter said they thought they could pass a test without having a number plate installed.

MOT tests are required for every car and check whether a car is still safe and legal to drive on the road.

Recent data from the DVSA has shown lighting and electrical issues are the most common issue leading to MOT failures.

Issues with lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment account for an average of 15 percent of failures followed by suspension problems which cause 10.6 percent of issues.

Brake failures are responsible for 8.8 percent of car failures with tyres and visibility issues causing over six percent of MOT fails.

The DVSA revealed other common issues included problems with the car chassis, noise and emissions, steering, seat belts and identification of the vehicle.

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Head of MOT policy at the DVSA, Chris Price said: “DVSA’s priority is to help everyone keep their vehicle safe to drive.

“Around a third of vehicles fail the MOT. Many of these failures could be avoided if motorists kept their cars safe to drive all year round.

“The top ten reasons for failure include many items that are easy to check and fix. Avoiding an MOT failure can not only save you money, but will also help you keep Britain’s roads safe.”

Motorists are urged to take some simple precautions to pass an MOT test such as opting for regular car checks and servicing.

DVSA experts have warned motorists must check to make sure their car is in good working order throughout the year and before an MOT test

Brakes should be checked to ensure they are operating smoothly with tyres assessed to see if they are fully inflated and above the minimum 1.6mm tread depth.

The DVSA also urged motorists to regularly check their headlights, windscreen wipers and fluids for any signs of issues which could lead to an MOT failure. 

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