Chances are those annual MOT reminders have started popping up, and we all want to pass first time! To make sure you drive away on the same day, we’ve compiled a list of easy checks you can do before your test.

Cleaning

First impressions count, so give your car a good clean the day before your MOT. If it’s shining on the outside and looks loved from the inside, any borderline passes may be in your favour.

Handbrake

You use your handbrake every time you get in the car, so it should be quite clear whether it’s working as it should. Test your handbrake by pulling it all the way up – if it clicks too many times, the cable may need adjustment, so get this checked out in advance.

Brakes

You should be checking your brake fluid regularly, and before your MOT is no different! If your brakes feel spongy when you push on the pedals, there may be air in the hydraulic system. Don’t worry if that’s the case, just bleed and refill. If you don’t fancy doing it yourself, let us do it instead! We’ll drain, refill, then safely dispose of the old fluid in an environmentally friendly way.

Windscreen

Any chips or cracks in the windscreen within your driving view could cost you a pass, so be sure to get these filled in ahead of time. If you do have a chip, our national Windscreen Chip Repair Service is here to help. We can do the job for you at one of our stores, or if you prefer, one of our Halfords Mobile Experts can come to you and carry out the repair right on your drive.

Mirrors

Just like your windscreen, your mirrors will also need to be in good condition and allow you to see clearly, so make sure they’re well maintained.

Lights

Either when it’s dark, or with a friend, check your headlights and indicators. Even though a bulb is quick and easy to replace, these are common failings so made sure to double check them and save yourself some hassle.

Tyres

Check each tyre for signs of damage – this could be anything from a scuff or general wear to a nail or piece of metal that’s nestled its way in. If they look okay, check your tread using a depth gauge, making sure they’re above the minimum legal depth of 1.6mm. If you’re not sure, book a Free Tyre Check at your local Halfords garage – one of our expert technicians will carry out a pressure check, asses the tread depth, and check for any wear and damage to ensure your tyres are safe and legal.

If the tyre inspection shows up any problems, we’ll offer advice on what can be done to correct the issue.

Final checks

Nearly there! Top up your windscreen wash and check that your wipers aren’t smearing – if they are, you may need to clean or replace them. Finally, give the horn a blast to make sure it’s sounding properly, and check that your number plates aren’t cracked, as these can both cause you to fail.

The Halfords Motoring Club

Our final MOT must have gives you access to a range of amazing benefits and discounts that are designed to keep you moving, keep you safe and keep you saving.

It’s free to join and you’ll receive money off your MOT, a free car health check and a welcome voucher that can be spent on any Halfords product or service.

Or choose our Premium membership for a small monthly fee (or a one-off payment) to unlock exclusive member pricing on all motoring products and services online and across our stores, garages and Halfords Mobile Experts, as well as a variety of other benefits that will help you to keep moving for less.

With so much to enjoy, this is too good an opportunity to miss!

Join the Halfords Motoring Club today at www.halfords.com/motoring-club.


Spending a little time giving your car a good once-over before your MOT can often make a huge difference, so it’s definitely worth doing! For more information about our MOTs, check out our MOT FAQs where we’ve answered a whole range of common testing queries.