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Will My Tyres Pass an MOT Test?

Every year, millions of cars fail their MOT test due to unsafe or illegal tyres. However, if you are asking the question, “Will my tyres pass an MOT test?” it is highly unlikely that you will be one of them.

Catching your unsafe or damaged tyres before your MOT test not only saves you time and money, but it also increased the safety of your vehicle, especially in the winter months when the road conditions can be so unpredictable.

If you are unsure whether your tyres will pass your car’s next MOT, keep reading – we have all the information you need to determine what to do next.

Tread Depth

According to the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency, the tyre tread depth is one of the top 3 reasons for MOT test fails in the UK.

Why is tread depth important? Although they may seem insignificant, those little grooves in your tyres play an essential role in your safety while driving. The tread depth and pattern allows the tyre to grip the road and remove the water between the road and the tyre. Stopping distances are affected considerably if your tread is below the legal requirements, and you also have a greater risk of aquaplaning.

How do I Check Tread depth? In order to pass your MOT, your tyres’ tread depth should be 1.6 mm (although anything below 3mm is starting to get dangerous). You can use a 20p coin to check this – simply rest the coin in the groove of the tyre, and if the groove covers the outer rim of the coin, the tread is probably safe. However, if you are in any doubt it is best to check with your local servicing centre.

What about spare tyres? The spare tyre is not tested during the MOT. However, if you were ever to need the spare, it would be breaking the law once the tyre was in use. So if your spare does not meet the legal requirements, it is something to think about replacing just to be safe.

Correctly Matched Tyres

The size, structure and type of your tyres are all taken into consideration during your MOT. If they are not correctly matched, this imbalance could cause an MOT test failure. This includes the tyre pressure, so before you drive to the MOT test centre it would be useful to double check the required tyre pressure for your vehicle and top up the tyres if necessary.

General Condition

Finally, your car could fail its MOT if your tyres are significantly damaged. Any noticeable cuts or bulges should be addressed – anything that doesn’t look quite right. The condition of the valve will also be examined, so make sure you check that each valve is working correctly and that there are no missing valve caps.

If you have examined the tread depth, size and general condition of your tyres and have found no visible fault, you can be confident that they will pass an MOT; however, you cannot be certain. If the tyres are a few years old, or they have had a lot of wear you might want to have them checked before your MOT. Here at Express Service, we can help! If you are worried that your tyres might not pass an MOT, get in touch with our friendly team. 

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Published: 14/03/2016

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