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Drivers urged to check car tyres as winter looms

Just 30% know legal car tyre requirements

Drivers are being urged to check their car tyres

Drivers are being urged to check their car tyres

Drivers are being urged to check their car tyres in order to stay safe on the roads as winter approaches.

Department for Transport figures show that in 2007, November was the worst month for personal injury accidents.

And TyreSafe, the tyre safety organisation that issued the warning, said only 30% of motorists know how much tread their are required to have by law.

Car tyre pressure checks

TyreSafe chairman Rob Beddis said: ‘In addition to regular tyre pressure checks, TyreSafe strongly advises motorists to check their tread depth and ensure they meet the minimum legal level before rainfall levels increase.

‘Accident rates tend to increase at the onset of winter, as many motorists continue to drive their cars on tyres with low or illegal tread depths.’

must have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread in a continuous band across the central three-quarters of the area that touches the road. Motorists caught driving on illegal tyres face three penalty points and a fine of up to £2,500 per illegal tyre.

Car tyre safety

As the Which? car tyre guide explains, tread patterns help to push water out from between the road and the . When the tread wears down, the tyre loses its ability to remove water – increasing the risk of aquaplaning.

The quality of tyre treads can also significantly affect braking, and you can see which new car tyres perform best in the wet with our . We have tested dozens of widely available tyres from brands such as , Pirelli, Dunlop and Goodyear.

If you want to save money, read our guide to buying cheap and discount tyres.

TyreSafe said hundreds of garages around the country are offering free tyre safety checks as part of Tyre Safety Month, which ends on Friday. You can use Which? Local to find a good garage near you, or you could invest in your own tyre gauge and inflator to regularly check tyre pressures at home.


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