DRIVERS are being warned that common car accessories have the potential to fail an MOT or even leave them with a hefty fine.
It's all to do with the driver's visibility and the impact on safety of having accessories hanging from your rear-view mirror.
According to the latest Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency data, more than seven million cars fail their MOT every year.
The motoring experts at National Tyres and Autocare have warned drivers that their cars can fail MOTs due to a simple accessory.
Michael Bourne, group marketing director at National Tyres and Autocare, said: “Something as simple as a rear-view mirror car accessory can lead to your car failing its MOT due to failure of visibility.
“An MOT is one of the most important checks you need to remember when owning a car, alongside a regular service.
"Driving without a valid MOT means you will be breaking the law.
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“If you are caught driving without an MOT it can lead to a £1,000 fine.
“If your vehicle is considered to be dangerous you can be fined £2,500, even if your MOT is still valid.
“On top of this, you can get three points on your license and if you have been convicted of driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition within the past three years, you could be disqualified from driving for at least six months.”
Accessories like this include dreamcatchers and large hanging air fresheners that you might be tempted to personalise your car with.
National Tyres and Autocare also gave advice on what to check before your next MOT test.
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These include things like a car's headlights which can fail your car's MOT if they are. misted, misaligned, or cracked.
Fluids like screen wash are assessed, so drivers should make sure that they top it up.
A car will need sufficient oil in its engine to pass the exhaust emissions test too.
Leaking shock absorbers are another common fail, as is rust, worn brakes and tyres and having illegal number plates.
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