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1 September 2013

MOT shock awaits one in five British motorists

MOT shock awaits one in five British motorists, Autoglass research finds

  • A quarter of motorists neglect regular checks that could help prevent MOT failures
  • A third of motorists don't see the importance of the MOT test for safety

New research from Autoglass has identified that one in five motorists are potentially in for a shock at their next MOT test.  The research, which included a YouGov poll of over 1,300 UK motorists , found that although only 60-70% of cars typically pass their MOT test according to official figures , an overwhelming 90% of motorists say they are confident their vehicle will get through the test without a problem, a minimum 20% difference.

The YouGov poll also identified that although the majority of drivers schedule their regular service either just before their annual MOT test (35%) or when they reach the mileage recommended by the manufacturer (27%) almost a quarter (24%) don't have a regular service (at least once a year) to ensure their vehicle is in tip-top condition for the road.  Furthermore, almost 6% don't know when their next MOT test is due.

The vast majority of drivers (86%) agree that the purpose of the MOT test is to ensure the vehicle is roadworthy, yet a significantly lower number (67%) feel the test is there to ensure the safety of road users.  

When it comes to safety in general, awareness of the importance of some crucial vehicle components is relatively low. For example, only just over half (58%) of motorists put seatbelts in their top four priorities for safety, only 25% said they would prioritise airbags, and only 12% considered the windscreen to be a safety priority. However, separate testing by Autoglass has found that the windscreen provides up to 30% of a vehicle's structural strength and can also support the correct deployment of passenger airbags during a crash.  In addition, the ability of the windscreen to remain in position reduces the risk of passengers being ejected in roll-over accidents, even when the passenger is wearing a seat belt.

Other key findings from the YouGov poll include: 

  • 17% of motorists admit to having driven without a valid MOT
  • 1 in 10 admit to delaying their MOT test because they couldn't afford the test or the potential repair costs
  • 11% of drivers believe that the purpose of the MOT itself is to identify any repairs that might need to be done, risking the additional potential cost of failure
  • 8% admit to only having their car serviced when something goes wrong with it, rising to 21% amongst young drivers aged between 18-24

To boost awareness of the importance of regular maintenance and support customers in planning their next MOT test, Autoglass is partnering with Halfords Autocentre to offer customers a voucher for a free test with every vehicle glass repair or replacement that is either booked or carried out during the first two weeks of September.

Matthew Mycock, Managing at Autoglass says:

It's clearly important that drivers monitor the roadworthiness of vehicles for all-year-round safety but the MOT deadline is rightly a big focal point to ensure that all is well.  It's worrying that awareness levels of the safety importance of different components tested during an MOT and their importance for safety were found to vary greatly in the YouGov findings.

Given that both safety and value for money are crucial to everything we do at Autoglass, we're delighted to give our customers the benefits of both while also helping to raise wider awareness of the importance of the MOT.


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Notes to Editors

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 2224 adults, of which 1,314 were motorists. Fieldwork was undertaken between 19th - 21st August 2013.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

Full terms and conditions of the vouchers issued as part of the Autoglass partnership with Halfords Autocentre are available here.

For more information, please contact Hill + Knowlton Strategies on 0207 413 3200 or email




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