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New DVSA data reveals 10% of all MOT failures are due to tyres

Kwik Fit | Tuesday 2nd February 2016 10:55am

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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has released eye-opening new figures that reveal the main reasons why cars failed their MOT, with 10% of all faults relating to tyres.

In 2015 over 28 million MOTs were carried out across the country with 38% of drivers receiving bad news in the form of an initial MOT failure. Yet the DVSA’s research found that nearly 50% of all the faults found could actually have been avoided if the driver had carried out some basic routine maintenance such as replacing blown bulbs and checking their tyre pressure regularly.

Top 3 Reasons for MOT failure

The DVSA revealed that the most common faults were as follows:

  1. Lightbulbs - 30% of all faults related to lighting and signalling
  2. Tyre condition and pressure - 10% of all faults related to tyres
  3. Mirrors, wipers and washers - 8.5% of all faults related to ‘Driver’s view of the road’

Source: GOV.UK, 27 January 2016

Kwik Fit has welcomed the DVSA’s publication of the MOT failure statistics which mirrors our own research which has found that 3.6 million motorists wait until an MOT failure before changing their tyres*. The advice from the DVSA is spot on – drivers should not wait until the MOT to check whether their car needs maintenance. This is especially true of tyres because although the legal limit for minimum tread depth is 1.6mm, performance starts to decrease well before you reach this limit.  That’s why leading tyre manufacturers recommend that drivers change their tyres at 3mm of tread depth to maintain optimum performance.

Safe Tyres Save Lives

Tyresafe also released new statistics this past week that reveal how motorists could help dramatically reduce the number of tyre-related road incidents, not to mention the financial cost to themselves, by carrying out regular monthly safety checks. Kwik Fit is a proud supporter of TyreSafe which is urging motorists to ensure their tyres are properly inflated, have sufficient tread and are in a roadworthy condition. Here are a few of the headline facts from Tyresafe’s research and government data:

TyreSafe Stats Infographic

It’s vital that drivers look after their tyres, particularly in current wintery weather conditions – after all, tyres are the only part of the car in contact with the road. It’s very worrying that so many drivers let their tread depth drop so low and leave it to the MOT to check – after all that could be up to a year away.

*Research carried out by ICM amongst 2,003 UK adults. 79% of UK adult population has at least one car.  Results have been weighted to nationally representative criteria based on a UK adult population of 50,502,000 adults.


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