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Test Your Knowledge Of The MOT

The MOT helps to keep your car safe to drive. But how much do you know how it works?

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  1. 1. Which of these items isn't tested during an MOT?

    Brakes
    Clutch
    Wipers/washers
    Horn
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The clutch

    The MOT tests some important items on your vehicle to check that they meet the legal standards. It isn't the same as having your vehicle serviced and doesn't check its general mechanical condition.

    The clutch
  2. 2. Which of these tyres is safe and legal?

    Via TyreSafe
    Via TyreSafe
    Via TyreSafe
    Via TyreSafe
    Via TyreSafe
    Via TyreSafe
    Via TyreSafe
    Via TyreSafe
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Your tyres should all be the same size, with no cuts or bulges. Cars must have a tread depth of at least 1.6 mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and around the entire circumference. Tyres are the only part of the vehicle which are in contact with the road and are critical for safety.

    Via TyreSafe
  3. 3. What was the most common fault found in MOTs from April 2015 to March 2016?

    Tyres
    Lighting and signalling
    Windscreen
    Brakes
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Lighting and signalling

    Nearly one in five (18.9%) of all cars taken for MOT last year had a problem with lighting and signalling – including simple problems such as blown bulbs.

    Lighting and signalling
  4. 4. Can a car fail its MOT for having stickers, toys or air fresheners attached to the windscreen?

    Every time
    Sometimes
    Never
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    A car can fail its MOT for having stickers, toys or air fresheners attached to the windscreen if they affect the driver's view of the road.

    Between April 2015 and March 2016, 7.2% of MOT tests found problems with the driver’s view of the road. Check that the windscreen wipers and washers work, and that your view of the road is clear of any stickers, toys or air fresheners. Windscreen wiper blades should be replaced if they show signs of damage. You should also make sure that you regularly top up your washer fluid.

  5. 5. What's the maximum you can be charged for a car MOT?

    £44.85
    £49.85
    £54.85
    There is no maximum
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    A car MOT test should cost you no more than £54.85

    The maximum amount an MOT test station can charge for a car test is £54.85. There is no minimum fee. If your car fails its MOT you will need to have the faults repaired before arranging a retest.

Test Your Knowledge Of The MOT

MOT novice

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