MOT test warning: AA urge drivers visit garages as they warn lockdown ‘can lead to issues’

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The AA warns cars which are not being used at all due to the lockdown may be more in need of a service then vehicles which are regularly driven. MOT tests can continue despite the restrictions after the Government considered it an essential service.

An MOT extension as first seen during the first lockdown has not been continued during the latest shutdowns.

Jack Cousens, head of roads policy at the AA said cars sat around for long periods of time “can lead to issues”.

He warned it was important to keep cars “regularly maintained” as he demanded drivers to “fulfil their maintenance commitments”.

He said: “With many people either working from home or furloughed, some drivers may be tempted to just let their vehicle bypass the MOT date and only arrange it when they think lockdown restrictions will be eased.

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“However cars sat parked up for long periods of time can lead to issues such as; battery faults, seized brakes and flat tyres.

“These are just some of the reasons why it is just as important, if not more so, to keep your car regularly maintained.

“There will be no MOT extension this time around, so car owners will need to ensure they fulfil their usual maintenance commitments.

“Likewise, servicing timescales still apply to keep a vehicle under warranty.

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“Action throughout the lockdown could mean people can avoid a larger repair bill just as they want to start using their car again.”

According to Halfords, driving without a valid NOT test could see drivers fined up to £1,000.

However, fines can rise to £2,500 if motorists are deemed to be driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.

Owners who have not had their vehicle maintained or checked at any time during the pandemic began are in sensuous risk of breaking this offence if they continue driving their vehicle.

Experts at the RAC have confirmed those who drive their car less may find their vehicle does not start when they need it most.

They have confirmed RAC patrols have dealt with more flat battery breakdowns from homes in 2020 than ever before.

The RAC warns batteries will lose their charge if they are not used regularly which means they do not have enough power to start again.

Experts say it’s crucial drivers check the conditions and pressure of their tyres before any journey after a car has been parked up under lockdown.

Drivers should particularly look for any cracking from the sidewalls of their tyres and ensure their tread depth is at the right level before setting off.

The RAC also warns tyre pressures in each of your tyres may have gone down if your car has not been used regularly.

To help with the pandemic, the AA has confirmed drivers have the option to have their car collected and driven to their MOT test.

The AA’s Smart Care service will ensure drivers are offered this scheme which they say will be useful to those shielding due to the pandemic.

For those desperate to make some January savings, Formula One Autocentres are currently offering 50 percent off all MOT tests.

Vehicles will be able to secure a test from just £27.42, down from £54.84 as part of a fresh new deal.

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