Dangerous Tyres

07 February 2018

Worryingly, 40% of road users in the UK are driving with dangerous tyres. A recent survey by Michelin and Kwik Fit saw mechanics travel to Tesco car parks all over the UK where they inspected over 500 cars. 

The inspections discovered 40% of the vehicles had at least one dangerous tyre with 12% of those having at least one very dangerous tyre. 

As well as using up more fuel and costing you money, poor tyre quality reduces the quality of grip on the road, general handling and increases braking distance.

It goes without saying that the effect of such tyres on your vehicle may lead to accidents and, at worst, serious injury. You may also be prosecuted!

The minimum legal limit for tyre tread is 1.6 millimetres, across the central ¾ of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre.

If you are stopped by the police and your tyres fall below this limit, you could face three points on your licence for each tyre and a fine of up to £2,500. 

To make sure you are safe on the roads and avoid prosecution, the Kwik Fit recommendation is that you check your tyres every fortnight.

For each tyre, check the

  • Air pressure
  • Tyre condition
  • Tread depth.

If you are unsure, stop at a local garage or Kwik Fit and Halfords and ask for a free tyre check.

If you are facing a charge due to the condition of your tyres or your licence is at risk, simply contact us by phone, Facebook or via our website. Our friendly Road Traffic Team is always available to offer free, initial advice every day of the year. 

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