A worrying number of drivers in the UK believe that once their car passes its MOT this guarantees its safety for the next 12 months.
This is according to a survey conducted by Halfords Autocentres, which revealed 47 per cent of drivers believe their auto will be safe for the year following its MOT. What’s more, 42 per cent of those questioned admitted that they rely solely on their MOT to pick up any faults on their vehicle.
Rather than paying for an annual service, these drivers are expecting the MOT to help ensure their car stays in top condition.
Aaron Edwards, MOT category manager at Halfords Autocentres, commented: “It is not a guarantee that the car is in good running order six months down the line, and it is vital that motorists carry out regular checks as well as an annual service.”
If you want your car to perform at its optimum level, these kinds of basic checks and service are a minimum requirement. You could also explore Seat remapping to get the most from your engine.
It’s been over a year now since the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) introduced new MOT rules, which changed the way vehicles were rated following their annual safety test. It also tightened up the rules around any motors with a dangerous fault, stating that they cannot be taken back on the roads until they have been repaired.
According to a recent article from This Is Money, the new test standards have seen nearly three million vehicles removed from the UK’s roads because of these kinds of faults. Overall, one-third of vehicles failed the new MOT in the first year it was in force.