The importance of good tyres

According to the latest figures from the Home Office, there has been an increase in the number of motorists on our roads driving with defective tyres. More than 10,000 drivers in 2010, compared to around 9,000 in the previous year.

It has been suggested that these figures have risen as a result of drivers in the UK trying to keep their motoring costs down, even if it means breaking the law.

The legal limit for tyres is a 1.6mm tread across 3⁄4 of the width of the tyre and around the whole circumference. If a driver decides to cut costs and drive on tyres that fall below the legal requirements, they can expect to receive a fine of up to £2,500 per tyre as well as 3 points for every defective tyre reported. Not to mention the risk of accident to themselves and other motorists on the road.

The chairman of Tyre Safe, Stuart Jackson, comments, “These latest figures are very worrying indeed and show that the courts take a very dim view of people driving on defective tyres”.
With winter coming, the importance of looking after car tyres is more prevalent than ever, but a study carried out for Manheim auctions has revealed that most drivers in the UK have no plans to purchase winter tyres for the cold snap.

With weather predictions suggesting that we are in for a snowy few months, creating chaos on our roads, 95% of drivers admit that they won’t be changing their tyres for specialist winter alternatives. 63% of drivers in the poll claim they have enough skill to handle the tougher conditions.

As expected, nearly half of all drivers in the study stated they would not be investing in new tyres to keep costs down. Interestingly, 28% of drivers don’t expect the conditions will be bad enough to justify new tyres, which remains to be seen.

Garrath Hussey, Chief Executive at Think Insurance comments, “While it is understandable that drivers are trying to keep their costs down, driving with defective tyres can be dangerous, and costly in the long run. If drivers don’t plan on changing their tyres for the winter, at the very least they should get them checked and make sure they have sufficient tread to deal with the icy roads”.

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