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Cars Half of drivers think an MOT guarantees their car is safe for a whole year

18:05  30 september  2019
18:05  30 september  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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Almost half of drivers believe an MOT is a guarantee their car will be safe to drive for the next 12 months, a new poll shows. A valid MOT certificate only confirms that a car has met the minimum standard of roadworthiness at the moment the test was completed.

“It is not a guarantee that the car is in good running order six months down the line, and it is vital that motorists carry out The study also found 38 per cent of motorists think their car ’s brakes are fine because it has passed an MOT . But one third of cars failed their MOT last year , with broken lights

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Almost half of drivers believe an MOT is a guarantee their car will be safe to drive for the next 12 months.

A valid MOT certificate only confirms that a car has met the minimum standard of roadworthiness at the moment the test was completed. But a new poll has found that 47 per cent assume that if it has passed an MOT, they don't need to worry about getting anything checked for another year.

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The study of 2,000 drivers also found that 42 per cent shun servicing their vehicle and rely on the MOT as the only annual check.

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“It is not a guarantee that the car is in good running order six months down the line, and it is vital that motorists carry out The study also found 38 per cent of motorists think their car ’s brakes are fine because it has passed an MOT . But one third of cars failed their MOT last year , with broken lights

Almost half of drivers incorrectly believe an MOT is a guarantee that their car will be safe to drive for the next 12 months. However, a valid MOT certificate only confirms that a car has met the minimum required standard of roadworthiness at the moment the test was completed.

Londoners are the biggest culprits, with 65 per cent admitting the MOT is their car’s only annual check, compared to 30 per cent of Scots.

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Aaron Edwards, MOT category manager at Halfords Autocentres, which commissioned the research to coincide with one of the busiest months for MOTs, said: “An MOT is only a certificate to say the car is safe to drive the moment it has been tested, so it is concerning that so many motorists treat it as a service.

An MOT pass only confirms that your car is roadworthy at that point in time and is no guarantee that things won't go wrong before the next test (Photo: Shutterstock)

“It is not a guarantee that the car is in good running order six months down the line, and it is vital that motorists carry out regular checks as well as an annual service.

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A valid MOT certificate only confirms that a car has met the minimum standard of roadworthiness at the moment the test was completed. But 47 per cent assume that if their vehicle has passed an MOT , they do not need to worry about getting anything checked for another year .

A half of all British drivers mistakenly believe an MOT is a guarantee their car will be safe to drive for the next 12 months. A valid MOT certificate only confirms But 47 percent assume that if their vehicle has passed an MOT , they do not need to worry about getting anything checked for another year .

“Good car maintenance is important for safety purposes as well as the car’s performance.”

The study found 38 per cent of motorists think their car’s brakes are fine because it has passed an MOT. However, a car can pass an MOT even if its brakes are only just above the legal limit, meaning they can fall below a safe standard long before the next MOT.

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Brakes that are good enough to pass the MOT test could still fall below safe and legal standards before the next test 

It’s a similar story with tyres, where being close to the limit won’t see a car fail but a few hundred extra miles could see the tread worn down to unsafe and illegal levels.

Both issues are likely to be raised as advisory notes on the test certificate but drivers aren’t legally required to take action immediately.

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Worryingly, the study found 11 per cent of motorists aren’t sure when their car’s MOT is - potentially risking a fine of up to £1,000 while also invalidating their insurance if their MOT has expired.

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“It is not a guarantee that the car is in good running order six months down the line, and it is vital that motorists The study also found 38 percent of motorists think their car ’s brakes are fine because it has passed an MOT . But one third of cars failed their MOT last year , with broken lights the most

Aaron Edwards added: “When it comes to selling your car, prospective buyers may be put off if they see it has previously failed an MOT.

"A car failing its MOT is a red mark on the car’s history, but it can also reveal that people are driving around in a badly maintained car.

“We advise the public to carry out regular safety checks and an annual service on their car.”

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