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MOT Checklist To Pass First Time

At Tyre Pros, we want to help you pass your MOT test first time with minimal hassle. To give your vehicle the best possible chance of passing, there are a few checks you can carry out yourself before your appointment. Here are a few of our top tips for passing your MOT test:


You should ensure that all of the exterior lights work, including the headlights, brake lights, hazard lights, fog lights and reversing lights, as well as the indicators, the lights around the registration plate, and the rear and side lights.E


It’s also worth checking your tyres ahead of the appointment. You could start by simply inspecting each tyre, looking out for signs of any cuts, cracks or bulges in the sidewall. It’s also a good idea to run your hand over the tyre surface to feel for any foreign objects that may have become lodged in the rubber.

You may want to check the tread depth of each tyre to ensure they are above the legal limit of 1.6mm. You can do this by taking a 20p and slotting it into the grooves of the tyre. If you can see the outer band of the coin, it’s likely the tread is below the legal minimum and you will need to replace the tyre with a newer model.


You should inspect the windscreen for any deep cracks or chips - especially the area directly in front of the driver, making sure that there is no damage or obstruction larger than 10mm in diameter.It’s also a good idea to remove any attachments you may have stuck on the window, such as a sat nav or mobile phone cradle.

Windscreen Wipers

It’s important that your windscreen wipers are in good condition. You should check the blades of each one, both on the front and back of your vehicle. If a wiper appears worn, you may want to replace it ahead of your MOT appointment.


It’s worth checking that your washer jets work effectively too, ensuring that the spray lands on your windscreen so that the window can be cleaned properly. This also gives you the opportunity to top up your screen wash levels if needed.


It’s difficult to check your vehicle’s brakes without the correct equipment, but there are a few things you can do to see if they are working correctly. For example, you could make sure that there is a sufficient amount of brake fluid in the brake system reservoir. You could also test the brakes and assess how they feel. For instance, if they feel spongy or juddery, this could suggest something is up.


It’s hard to assess your vehicle’s steering system without the right tools, but there are ways in which you can determine the condition of this part of your car or van. For example, you could pay attention to how the steering feels while you’re driving, as well as listening out for any unusual noises.


It’s important that the horn works properly. It should emit a continuous, uniform note, and it must be loud enough for other motorists to hear.

Number Plates

You should also ensure that both the front and rear number plates are securely attached and clear of any dirt or debris.

Clean Your Car

The MOT tester could refuse to inspect your vehicle if it is particularly dirty, so it’s worth giving it a clean before the appointment.By putting the tips from our MOT checklist into practice, you should be able to significantly improve the chances of your vehicle passing its test.

Not meeting the MOT requirements in these areas will cause your vehicle to fail its MOT. Completing these simple checks will help to give your vehicle the best chance of passing. As they can be carried out prior to your appointment, they are an easy way to solve any potential issues before your MOT.

At Tyre Pros, our technicians are readily equipped with the knowledge and specialist tools to help with your next MOT test. Our team are perfectly placed to ensure your car or van meets the legal requirements to keep you safe while you’re out and about on the roads.For more useful MOT tips, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of experts today.

Talk To The Tyres Pros

“By completing these checks before your MOT, you are giving yourself the best possible chance of passing without the need for repairs or re-testing. These checks are simple to do yourself and will stop you from failing your MOT for preventable reasons.”