Motorists are being urged to cut the risk of lives being lost in avoidable
road traffic accidents by taking more care of their tyres.
The warning comes after a picture emerged of a completely bald tyre that a dealer removed from a customer’s high performance BMW 3-series.
Charity TyreSafe said the tyre’s tread pattern had been completely worn away, which would have rendered it almost useless in wet conditions and could have had potentially fatal consequences.
Accident waiting to happen
Stuart Jackson, chairman of the tyre safety organisation, said the BMW tyre was “an accident waiting to happen” and had left the dealer who removed it stunned.
He said although maintaining adequate tread depth is always vital it is particularly important for driving in wet conditions.
Motorists should be checking their tyre tread depth at least once a month to stay safe and keep themselves on the right side of the law, he added.
‘Put tyres to 20p test’
The law requires UK drivers to have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread across the central three-quarters of each tyre and around its entire circumference.
Failing to comply with the law can result in fines of up to £2,500 as well as three penalty points per defective tyre.
It also raises the risk of people being injured in road traffic accidents. People who have been hurt in an accident can use Accident Advice Helpline’s compensation calculator to get an idea of what a potential claim could be worth.
Checking tyre tread depth only takes a few minutes and can be done using a 20p coin, TyreSafe say. When inserted into a tyre’s main grooves if the coin’s outer band is still visible the tread is probably too low.
Mr Jackson added: “Sadly, the bad weather shows no sign of subsiding at the moment so it’s particularly important that drivers ensure their tyres can cope in these terrible conditions. If you’re in any doubt then pop into your local tyre specialist who I’m sure would be delighted to check things for you.”
Source: Tyre Safe