Although some aspects of an MOT have nothing to do with car safety – such as the level of emissions a vehicle's exhaust causes – many of the inspections that are undertaken are there to ensure drivers and passengers are protected. Some will also deal with the safety of other road users and pedestrians. Which checks are there to help everyone stay safe on the road?
One of the main safety systems in any car is its seatbelts. All of the seatbelts in your car will be inspected to ensure they lock properly, that their buckles can be secured firmly and that the webbing they are made from is not fraying anywhere.
Most modern cars have airbags fitted as standard. An MOT will inspection will involve a check of your car's main airbags. If your airbag warning light has come on, this will result in a failed test, so they need to be in good working order to pass.
Tyres help you grip the road and come to halt effectively. As such, they are part of your car's safety mechanisms. An MOT will ensure your tyres are not balding, that they have no bulges or cracks in their rubber and that they are pumped up correctly. Always make it a point to choose the right type of garage for MOT so that you know that you are in safe hands. London has numerous tyre centres offering this service. If you are struggling and don't know where to get your MOT in London from, DAT Tyresis a reliable place and you can call them here too020 8969 3030.
Of course, it is not just your tyres that help you to stop when you need to. Your brakes will need to be inspected during your MOT to make sure that they function effectively, too. More MOTs fail for worn down or ineffective brake pads than virtually any other reason, so this is a part of the inspection which is always carried out thoroughly. In most cases, new brake pads can be fitted beforehand to prevent a potential failure.
Your car's electrics are also important for safety. Your heater must be operational, for example, so that it is safe to drive when it is cold. Equally, your hazard warning lights, fog lamp and your reversing light should all work to ensure your car passes its MOT.