At this time of year, we are all in holiday mood. There’s so many festivals on and everyone seems to flock to the coast at the weekend. This means that we are using our cars more than ever before and it’s important that they are well cared for. You don’t want to be breaking down on a motorway in 30 degree heat! Do you know what you need to do to make sure your care is ready for a long journey? Do you know when your car is next due an MOT?

The law

An annual MOT is absolutely necessary to ensure that the car you are driving is safe enough to be on the road. This is not only for your own safety, but for others who are also on the road. Did you know that you could be given a fine of up to £1,000 if you drive without an MOT? You also risk having your car impounded. Always make sure that your MOT is up to date before you plan a trip anywhere.

Booking an MOT

Obviously, driving without an MOT is not worth the risk so it’s essential that you get your car booked in as soon as you can. MOTs are an annual test and it is illegal to not have one.

You must get an MOT for your vehicle by either:

  • the third anniversary of its registration
  • the anniversary of its last MOT, if it’s over 3 years old

When you buy a second hand car, you must always check when it last had an MOT. Mark it in your diary so you know when it is due. There are plenty of garages across the UK that specialise in MOTs, so it won’t be hard for you to find one.A professional MOT test center can help you and they perform the annual safety check properly. You will then be covered for another year before you need to book in again. MOT in Hammersmith can be done by experts at DAT tyres.

If you’ve got a road trip planned over the summer, make sure your car is well prepared for it. It’s also a good idea to have an emergency kit stashed in the boot in case you get into any kind of difficulty. Things like a torch, blankets, a couple of bottles of water and some cereal bars would be a great help if you found yourself broken down somewhere.

When did your car last have its MOT? Do you know when it is due for the next one?

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