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Tyres found to be main reason Class 4 vehicles fail MOT

Drivers are being encouraged to keep an eye on the condition of their vehicles to prevent costly repairs down the line

Research has looked into the reasons for Class 4 vehicles failing to pass their MOT, and has revealed the tyres are the category with the most ‘dangerous defects’.

The study, conducted by Camptoo, looked at DVLA data and found tyres with dangerous defects were identified as an issue in 5.5% of tests carried out between 2019-2020; this far surpassed brakes, which came second with 3.1%.

Should a driver find their vehicle has a dangerous defect it means they cannot drive away until the issue has been repaired.

When it came to the more standard defects, it was the brakes, lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment that were the biggest issues.

The stats also highlighted that just over 30% of Class 4 vehicles failed their MOT at the first time of asking. While this has decreased from 2013-14, when the figure stood at 40%, there are still measures that drivers could take to make sure they pass first time and subsequently save money on what can become expensive repairs.

For instance, if you’re wondering what you can do to keep an eye on your tyres, be sure to check our guide to tyre maintenance. It explains simple tips to follow, including the 20p test that can help you check whether your tread is within the legal limits.

If you find yourself looking for motorhome replacement parts, be sure to check our guide to motorhome salvages and spares, where we explain how buying salvage parts could save you time, money – and the planet.

Alternatively, if you have an older ‘van, you may want to fit a tyre pressure monitoring system, to help you keep an eye on any deviations.

Our guide to passing your motorhome MOT could also help to shed some light on the simple steps you can take to get through the test.

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