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What Affects my Stopping Distance?

What Affects my Stopping Distance?

Here we have listed some of the top factors that can affect your stopping distance and how you can prevent them from causing a serious accident in the future.


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MOTs: What Is Checked?

Introduced in the 1960s, the MOT test determines whether a vehicle is roadworthy, and involves a thorough check by a Department for Transport-approved garage. But what exactly do we check during your car’s MOT? We’ve outlined the main components below.


An efficiency test will be carried out on your vehicle’s brakes to test condition, operation and performance. Most vehicles’ brakes will be tested on a roller brake tester, but if your vehicle is 4-wheel drive it will be tested on a road with a decelerometer, or with a plate brake tester.


All doors should open and close and be latched securely when closed. We should also be able to gain entry to the front doors from both inside and outside the vehicle.

Exhaust Emission

This check varies depending on the age and fuel type of your car, but we will check that the vehicle meets the correct exhaust emission requirements.

Fuel System

The fuel system is checked for leaks, and the fuel cap needs to be secure and correctly fastened. Don’t forget to give us a key for your fuel cap if there is one – we will need to open it!


We’ll simply check that the horn is working and is the correct type for your vehicle. 


All lights are carefully checked to ensure they are in good working order, that they are the right colour, and that the headlamps’ aim is correct.


Your vehicle’s mirrors should all work correctly and be in good condition.

Registration Plate

The registration plate must be in good condition, easy to read and safely secured to the vehicle. We also check that the letters/numbers comply with the correct font and spacing required by law.

Steering and Suspension

The different components of the vehicle’s steering and suspension will be checked to make sure they work properly and are in a safe condition.

Seats and Seatbelts

We check that all seats and seatbelts are secure and that backseats can be put in the upright position. All compulsory seatbelts must be present, be the right type and must be fully operational.

Vehicle Identification Number

For all vehicles first used on or after 1st August 1980, a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) must be permanently and legibly displayed.

Vehicle Structure

A few bumps and scratches are acceptable, but it is important that specific areas of the vehicle structure are kept free from excessive corrosion or damage.

Wheels and Tyres

The wheels and tyres will be tested for their condition and security. Tyres need to be the correct size, type and pressure for your vehicle and the tread depth needs to be at least 1.6 millimetres.

Windscreen, Wipers and Washers

We will check the windscreen for chips and cracks (A 10mm crack in the driver's line of vision or 40mm anywhere else will need to be failed). It is also important that we check the wipers and washers during an MOT test; they need to give the driver an unobstructed view of the road.

For more information about what is checked during an MOT test, or to book your next MOT, please feel free to get in touch with the team here at Express Service. 

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Published: 23/03/2016

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