There has been skepticism about a recent idea that could see annual technical inspections dropped in favor of testing every two years.
However, if the concept were to ever become a reality, what could UK motorists do to help care for their vehicle in the long term?
car leasing company Leasecar.co.uk and its sister site LeaseElectricCar.co.uk say the discussion is at least a good opportunity to encourage drivers across the country to do their own regular safety checks so they can stay fully in tune with their vehicle.
They suggest the idea of making a ‘DIY CT‘ – consisting of around ten essential safety checks which they recommend that drivers carry out at least once a year. But they say seek professional advice from a garage to fix any issues you may be having.
A spokesperson for Leasecar.co.uk said: “For the moment, the idea of a Half-yearly inspection is just speculation with the government looking to help cash-strapped Brits. However, we believe it is equally important to ensure cars are safe on the road at all times.
“That doesn’t mean drivers have to regularly spend money at the garage, because there are some simple checks they can do themselves that don’t take a lot of time and effort.
Car safety checks you can do yourself?
Check the mirrors
Make sure all your mirrors are in place and check that they are not cracked, obstructing your view or exposing a damaged edge. Some mirrors can be removed and replaced with a self-adhesive version.
Ensuring all tires have the legal amount of tread is essential for road safety. The minimum legal tread depth is 1.6mm, you can check your tire tread using a 20 pence coin.
Insert the part into the grooves of the tire, if the outer band is visible then it will need to be replaced.
The lights are working
Have someone help you check the car’s front and rear lights while it’s stationary.
Not only are working lights vital at night, but it’s also a legal requirement.
Bulbs can usually be replaced at home. Details on how to do this safely and correctly are normally found in the owner’s manual.
Seats and seat belts
It is often assumed that seat belts do not need to be checked, but they also do require regular inspection.
Check that the driver’s seat can be adjusted and that they are all securely fastened. Check the seat belts for damage and pull them to make sure they react correctly.
Oil, brakes, power steering, and windshield fluid can all be found under the hood of most cars.
Consult the vehicle owner’s manual for information on proper fluid levels and how to replace and top up these fluids.
Check your windshield for cracks. As long as a mark does not exceed 10mm and does not obstruct the view of the driver or the driver’s side, you should be fine.
Elsewhere on the windscreen, the mark must not exceed 40 mm.
A broken windscreen wiper can lead to a direct failure during an MOT, regardless of the weather that week.
Lift the wiper blade from the glass and inspect it to make sure there are no cracks, chatters or imperfections. Windshield wipers can easily be replaced at home, just check which model fits the car and buy accordingly.
keep it clean
Staying on top of car maintenance as it relates to cleaning is essential for a healthy and safe vehicle.
Cleaning the interior and exterior can prevent deterioration of the car and its parts, making it safer on the road.