Drivers told to remove 'common item' from car to avoid possible MOT fail

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Drivers are being warned a common accessory found in most vehicles can actually lead to an MOT failure. Now motorists have been told to 'ditch air fresheners' before taking their cars for the test - or risk having to go through the procedure again.

It's because an air freshener can be seen as something that blocks the driver's view of the road, leading to an automatic failure. explained: "Drivers may not even notice their hanging air fresheners, but the MOT test, however, deems these as a fault.

"Any objects dangling from the rear-view mirror, including car air fresheners, pose a potential obscuring of the driver's view and are therefore considered safety hazards during the test. You need complete visibility whilst driving so be sure to remove any fluffy dice or novelty air fresheners that might earn you a failure on your MOT test."

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Sam Sheehan, motoring editor at cinch said the concern is because air freshener could obstruct a major safety feature located in every car. He said: "Air fresheners are one of the most popular car accessories with drivers. However, adding a pleasant fragrance to your used BMW or VW's interior may cause a few problems, including a possible failed MOT.

"If not placed correctly, air fresheners can obstruct the driver's view and interfere with the functionality of the airbags in the event of an accident. Motorists should always have a clear view of the road ahead, so dangling this perfumed accessory from your windscreen or rear-view mirror can hinder your visibility."

"To keep yourself safe en-route and improve your chances of success at the next MOT, mount your air freshener where it's out of your vision, whether on the car's dash tray or middle air vent."

A spokesman from said: "We are approaching peak MOT season when traditionally the most MOTs are carried out. The time of the year when an MOT is due is one of the most nerve-wracking moments for drivers."

"It's extremely important to carry out unusual checks such as removing an air freshener and checking reversing lights, to make sure everything is in top form. We wanted to offer these useful tips to help drivers make these checks, which they may not have thought of before sending the car off for inspection."

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