In these uncertain times, everyone is having to make allowances and adjust their expectations. This includes the Department for Transport (DfT), which regulates transport safety. People are using their vehicles less at the moment, but they still need to be safe to drive. However, in a bid to keep the country running as smoothly as possible in exceptional times, the DfT has announced that, from the end of March, there is an exemption on MOT tests for a period of up to six months.
As all but essential travel is currently inadvisable, it is hoped that your vehicle will come under less strain than normal, with the nation doing fewer miles. This will help to protect essential workers, who are required to drive as part of their service to others. However, most people will still need to drive for essential journeys such as weekly shopping or for medical needs.
While you don’t have to get your vehicle’s MOT test done in the oncoming months, you are still legally required to ensure that your vehicle is safe and roadworthy. If you are aware of any potential issues, particularly those that might be highlighted during your MOT test, it is important that you find a reliable, local garage that is still operating for emergency work, and book your vehicle in as soon as possible. You should contact your local garage by telephone to see if they can take a look at the car if you have concerns about any of the following:
Tyres – if the tread on your tyres is dangerously low, it will affect your ability to control your vehicle. If you know that you need new tyres, contact your local tyre supplier – some will be able to fit your new tyres on your driveway.
Windscreen – if your windscreen is cracked or chipped to such an extent that it impedes your vision of the road, it will probably be deemed unsafe to drive, which could land you a hefty fine, regardless of the MOT exemption. If you’re worried, contact your local windscreen specialist – as with tyres, many offer a mobile service.
Brakes – if you know that your brakes are old or worn, don’t take the risk. Call your local mechanic to see if they are operating a contactless service.
At this time, it is important to keep everyone as safe and happy as possible. Trust A Garage is striving, as always, to protect our garages and our customers. Over the coming weeks we will continue to provide you with advice on maintaining your vehicle and help you to find local, rated mechanics and garages that you know you can trust. Stay in touch; follow us on Facebook or Twitter.