Dated: 18 June 2010
Fifth of Drivers Not Checking Tyres Regularly
A survey from a source within the tyre industry has revealed that a fifth of motorists rarely inspect their tyres for the tread depth. Perhaps even scarier was the statistic that 12 per cent of people quizzed said they have never checked the tread.
Tyres are one of – if not – the most significant safety part of a car and for good reason UK law requires that tyres must have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm.
If motorists are found to be driving around with tyres that do not meet this requirement, they are likely to face a £2500 fine and 3 penalty points on their license. The chances of a car being involved in an accident increases significantly – especially in wet conditions -if when a car is driving around on illegal tyres.
On a more positive note, the survey reported that at least 20% of drivers had checked the tread depth of their tyres the week before they were asked about the topic.
Checking your tyres on a regular basis can be the difference between a safe journey and a potentially fatal accident.
When checking the tread depth of your tyres the best thing for this is a tread gauge. By placing this inbetween the tread you can use the marking to read the exact depth of your tread.