So, your set of wheels has failed its MOT. It happens to thousands of people every year, but it’s never easy news to accept.

There are plenty of issues which can lead to a vehicle failing its MOT, but fortunately, many of these issues can be rectified. Here are some of the most common reasons behind cars failing their MOTs.

Problems with signalling or lighting

One of the most common reasons why cars fail their MOT is because there’s an issue with the lights. It may be something as simple as a burned out bulb, which can easily be prevented. This is why it is imperative you turn on all your car’s lights and walk around the car inspecting each one before taking it into the garage.

This problem can be solved so simply, it would be so annoying to find out something preventable is the reason your MOT inspection didn’t go well.

Poor suspension

Potholes, sudden braking, sitting down in the driver’s seat too forcefully – they all impact your suspension in some degree or another. Did you know that one in every 10 MOT failures in the UK is a direct result of problems with the suspension?

Keep an eye on your vehicle’s suspension, push down on each corner to see how the car reacts to it; is it too high or low in one corner? Does it sit evenly? You also need to pay attention when on bumpy roads and going around sharp corners, to see how the car handles them.

Brake issues

Despite the warning signs of faulty brakes being pretty obvious to most drivers, one in 10 cars also fail their MOT thanks to problems with their braking system. This is why it’s important to listen to your brakes when you are driving; can you hear excessive squealing or other dissonant sounds coming from the brake system? This is a sign your brake pads are running thin and need changing.

Pads can be changed before you send your car in for an MOT, so be sure to take a look at your brake pads before the mechanic does.

The condition of the tyres

Turning up to your MOT inspection with threadbare tyres is never going to bode very well with the inspectors. General wear and tear occurs in even the most careful driver’s tyres, but the likes of collecting nails, wearing tyres down due to excessively forced braking and bulges from hitting the curb are also contributors to tyre damage.

If your tyres are looking a bit ragged, make sure they are changed before the MOT inspection, as this will make it much more likely that you will pass.

This should not be construed as advice and is for informational purposes, only.