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Alphabet provides basic checks to assist fleets keep on the road

By / 11 months ago / Latest News / No Comments

With many drivers taking to the roads for the first time since lockdown was imposed, Alphabet suggests fleets employ basic MOT-like checks to ensure vehicles are safe and ultimately reducing downtime.

Check your wheels and tyres to ensure they are still legal

Check your wheels and tyres to ensure they are still legal

Alphabet recommends the following 10  checks:

1. Walk around your vehicle to check your lights and indicators are all working as normal.

Specific lights to check, include:

  • Front and rear
  • Headlights
  • Licence plate light
  • Hazard lights
  • Indicators
  • Brake lights

2. Check your wheels and tyres to ensure they are still legal. There are two methods you can use when doing this:

a. If the tread wear indicator ridges are level with the surface of the tyre, the remaining tread is 1.6mm and it must be replaced.

b. Check your tyre tread using the 20p test – If the outer band of the 20p coin is obscured when it is inserted, then your tread is above the legal limit.

If you find your tyres are near or under the legal limit (1.6mm), you will need to source replacement/s, before your MOT. Alphabet’s standard policy is to replace tyres at 2mm, removing any concern from drivers as to whether their tyres are roadworthy or not.

Whilst checking your tread depth, also check:

  • Damage to the tyres, such as cuts or bulges
  • Damage, including distortion or cracks, to the wheels and alloys
  • All four wheels are securely attached to the car, with no bolts missing.

3. Be sure to carry out visual checks for warning lights to ensure they are not permanently illuminated.

If any of your warning lights have been coming on intermittently, it’s worth getting them checked out before booking your MOT.

4. Repair any bodywork damages or corrosion before the MOT test.

Sharp edges on the bodywork are not permitted as they could cause injury.

5. Check any damage to windows and mirrors.

Any damage wider than 10mm in the driver’s central view, will cause an MOT fail, as will any damage larger than 40mm in the whole of the swept area.

Another common defect that is often overlooked, is windscreen stickers or fittings, such as sat-nav devices. Any obstruction to your view as a driver is deemed dangerous and could cause an MOT failure.

6. Make sure your wipers are able to keep your windscreen clean and there are no tears or holes in the wiper rubber.

7. Ensure your screen wash is topped up before taking your car in for a test.

8. Check your seats and seatbelts to make sure they are still safe and secure.

  • Are there any cuts or frays in the material?
  • Do they retract properly?
  • Do they clip and unclip without hassle?
  • Is the attachment to the floor or seat secure?
  • If you give them a good tug, do they lock as expected?

9. If your vehicle has a tow bar fitted, check that it is secure and not damaged or corroded.

10. Give a short blast of the horn to make sure it works.

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Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.