DRIVERS could face fines worth up to £2,500 each and multiple points to their licence if they don’t fix these eight car faults.
From flat tyres to dim lights, here’s how to avoid being slapped with big penalties and make sure your car is safe on the road.
Worn tyre tread – £2,500 per wheel
According to the RAC, you could be hit with a whopping £2,500 fine and three penalty points for a worn tyre.
So if you had four tyres with poor tread, that would mean you’d be fined a whopping £10,000 for the fault – and rack up 12 points on your licence.
The law states that cars, light vans and trailers must have at least 1.6mm of tread across the central three quarters of the tyre and around the entire circumference.
You can easily check if your wheels aren’t up to scratch – all you need is a 20p coin.
If the rim of the 20p is not visible when you insert it into a tyre’s groove, you need to replace or inflate your tyre.
Overdue MOT – £1,000 fine
If you have a car that’s three or more years old, you must have to have an MOT once a year.
Fail to renew yours in time, and you could be slapped with a £1,000 fine.
It’s even more important to book your car in for a test as soon as you can, as experts have warned of delays due to Covid of getting your car checked over.
Almost 1.3million additional tests are due in the autumn when compared with the same time last year.
You can check on the government website to find out when your MOT is due to make sure you avoid a fine.
Flat tyre or damaged tyre – £100
There’s nothing more frustrating than finding out you’ve got a flat tyre.
But fail to get it patched up and you could face a £100 penalty.
According to the DVLA, driving with a flat or damaged tyre could land you with a £100 fine.
The tell-tale signs of having a flat tyre is if your steering feels funny when you’re driving, or you’re slowing down for no reason, the RAC says.
You’ll hear a thud and a flapping noise if it’s a really serious puncture.
Tyre valve issues could also result in a flat tyre.
The tyre valve is in your tyre – and if it’s damaged or corroded, it can mean air escapes and your tyre goes down.
Dim or broken lights – £1,000
It’s important to make sure you can properly see the roads when you’re driving – especially when the nights are getting darker.
If yours are faulty or not working properly, you could be slapped with a £1,000 fine.
The Highway Code also states that “lights, indicators, reflectors, and number plates MUST be kept clean and clear”.
Failing to keep your headlights in a decent condition can affect its brightness, which can drastically impact your ability to see at night and during winter conditions.
To check your lights are in good condition, wait until its dark and point them at an even surface facing a wall.
Walk around to the front of your car and if one bulb is dimmer ot blown, you’ll need to replace the bulb – or check that its not a wiring issue with your mechanic.
Damaged or excessively tinted windows – up to £100
It may be tempting to leave a chip in your window, but it will most likely turn into a much bigger crack.
That could mean you could be slapped with a £100 fine according to the DVSA if you have seriously damaged windows.
Meanwhile a missing mirror will land you with a £50 on the spot.
Heavily tinted windows could land you with a £50 fine too.
Missing catalytic convertor – up to £1,000
If you’re missing a catalytic convertor in your car, you could have to fork out a penalty of up to £1,000.
A catalytic converter is part of your car’s exhaust system, and works to convert the toxic gases your motor produces into less harmful substances to be emitted.
If you don’t have a converter fitted, your car will produce emissions above the permitted standards, making it illegal to drive on the road.
Theft of these car parts have previously been on the rise in recent years as they contain a number of valuable metals, making them prized items for illegal scrap dealers.
But it’s hard to spot if you’ve had your catalytic convertor stolen as your car can work fine without it.
As it is ultimately your responsibility to make sure your car is roadworthy, you could end up with a £1,000 fine if it’s missing from your vehicle.
Make sure to check it’s in place by taking your car to a mechanic.
Faulty wiper blades – £100
Windscreen wipers are important in rainy and snowy weather to help keep your sight of the road ahead clear – and avoid accidents.
But if they’re not working properly, it can reduce your visibility, greatly reduce your reaction time and cause you to miss important warnings needed to stay safe on the road.
Police can charge you with driving without due care and attention if your driving with poor visibility, which carries a £100 on-the-spot fine and up to three penalty points on your licence.
But if challenged in court, you can face a £5,000 fine, nine penalty points and even a driving ban.
Broken brakes – £100
If your car is found to have defective brakes, you’ll be given a £100 fine and be slapped with three points on your licence, according to gov.uk.
You could cause an accident if you fail to stop quickly and your car takes a while to slow.
If you find you’re struggling to stop easily, then you need to take your car to an engineer to fix it.