07th January 2020 | By Ray Tyler
2.9 million vehicles failed with at least one failure deemed to be ‘dangerous’. This compares to 780,000 annual dangerous defects each year when testers made their own decisions on what is classed as a ‘dangerous’ defect.
These results, especially the number of vehicles carrying dangerous defects really underlines the contribution Britain’s annual MOT inspection makes to road safety. Especially as all those 2.9 million vehicles were being driven on the roads in a dangerous condition prior to the MOT inspection, of which, over half were dangerous tyres. And whose drivers could have been subject to prosecution.
With a total of 1099 vehicle incidents, 446 was down to flawed tyres being the primary vehicle defect and contributing factor to car accidents. This is followed by defective brakes with 365 incidents, imperfect steering or suspension with 180 accidents and overloaded vehicles with 54 incidents. Defective lights or indicators came in at 46 accidents and mirrors are less common with a mere 8 incidents and feature at the bottom of the table.
Focusing on location, the south east has the highest number of accidents caused by vehicle defects, with 297 incidents. In contrast, drivers in the north east appear to take better care of their vehicles as only 46 vehicle defect related road accidents are recorded.
In London, defective brakes (85 incidents) are much more likely to cause an issue than faulty tyres (34 incidents); the constant braking and lower speeds when driving in the capital perhaps being the greatest influence on this.
This is because on a motorway under inflated tyres will overheat quickly, particularly at high speeds, and can consequently ‘blow out’ and cause an accident. Whereas on other roads, faulty brakes assume the top spot, as drivers brake more regularly.
Tyres and brakes control the movement of the car and so can easily cause a collision if they’re not in proper working condition. Tyres being the top two occurring vehicle defect emphasises that some UK drivers are not servicing their car regularly, or conducting simple checks, such as measuring the air pressure in the tyres. All drivers should follow their manufacturer’s recommended schedule and ensure that any anomalies are assessed by a professional as soon as possible. Doing so severely reduces the likelihood of these defects and keeps both you and other drivers safe on the road.
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