Brakes become top killer defect
According to the Department of Transport, mechanical defects caused 1,539 road traffic incidents last year, leading to 359 serious injuries and 32 deaths.
Faulty brakes accounted for 570 accidents last year, 129 serious injuries and nine deaths, eclipsing defective/ill maintained tyres as the second highest mechanical defect.
Lack of Access
The main problem with brakes is that many of their individual parts are not exposed for easy inspection. This means that even an MOT tester may not be able to assess the condition of the braking system thoroughly, because to do so dictates that the wheels be removed. This is something that the tester cannot perform, because dismantling is not permitted as part of the MOT Test procedure.
This highlights the important difference between the annual test and maintenance; an MOT Test is not a service. A proper service should dictate that all wheels are removed from the car at least once annually, the braking system inspected closely and any worn components replaced. This is in addition to brake fluid that needs to be changed every two years, to preserve its performance.
Additionally, should you notice anything untoward about your brakes, including strange noises, or a drop in performance, consult your local garage for advice without delay.