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Are cracked tyres legal or illegal?

The law in the United Kingdom states that it is illegal to drive a vehicle with tyres that have ply cords exposed.

This means if you have a cracked tyre, you may be committing an offence – leading to a fine of up to £2,500 and 3 penalty points per tyre.

It is important to regularly check the condition of your tyres and replace them when necessary - even if they appear to be fine at first glance.

Are cracks in tyre tread dangerous?

Yes, cracks in the tyre tread are dangerous. Cracks mean that the tyre is weaker and more prone to damage or punctures.

They also reduce the level of grip on the road and can cause you to lose control of your car more easily.

On top of this - if your tyres are cracked or damaged beyond repair, they are less likely to provide enough protection from debris on the road.

Check your tyres frequently for any signs of wear and tear or damage.