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TyreSafe has issued a warning to drivers who are failing to look after and replace their tyres highlighting the fact they are putting their own lives and those of others in danger.
The warning comes after TyreSafe received some shocking images from one independent tyre dealer showing the shocking state of one of its customer’s tyres.
The tyre, removed from a high performance BMW 3-series was so worn that it had no tread pattern left, meaning it was virtually useless in wet weather. Furthermore, the wear was so great on one shoulder of the tyre that it had begun to destroy the actual tyre carcass – a tyre of this condition driven at high speed could have fatal consequences.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe said: “This particular tyre was an accident waiting to happen. Adequate tread depth is essential all year round, but particularly important just now when we are experiencing so much rain and difficult driving conditions. Checking your tyre tread depth is very simple and only takes a few minutes. It really is something that all drivers should do at least once a month to stay safe and legal.”
The current law in the UK requires motorists to have at a minimum of 1.6mm of tread on their tyres across the central three quarters of the tyre around its entire circumference. Drivers who are found in breach of this law can face fines of up to £2,500 and 3 points on their licence per tyre. In 2012, more than 170 drivers per week were prosecuted in court for driving with defective tyres.
More importantly, driving on illegal tyres can minimise safety on the UK’s roads, particularly in wet conditions. The tread on a tyre helps to evacuate water from the road surface which enables the tyre to grip the road properly so that the vehicle can brake, steer and accelerate safely. Without adequate tread depth, these components are compromised which risks the safety of the driver, their passengers and other road users.
Whilst the bad weather is showing no signs of subsiding, TyreSafe warns drivers to ensure that their tyres are maintained in order to cope with these terrible conditions.
For further information on tyre safety and advice on maintaining your tyres, visit Trusted Dealers’ Servicing and Repairs section.