Drivers warned of massive £10,000 fines for avoidable tyre issues – ‘easy to check’

Halfords demonstrate how to check and inflate your car tyres

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Motorists are being warned of adverse weather conditions in the next few days and weeks as more than 13 million journeys are expected to be taken. But drivers have been urged to ensure their tyres are safe and road legal when they set off, as many could be risking fines, penalty points or even a serious accident.

Steve Howat, General Manager for Technical Services at Continental Tyre Group, commented: “At this time of year, the road surface is often wet, and sometimes icy.

“It’s your tyres that form an essential bond with the ground, so it’s worth paying them some attention.

“In most countries, the legal limit for tread depth on tyres is 1.6mm, to ensure vehicles can grip the road.

“The grooves in the tyre help to dissipate surface water and reduce the risk of aquaplaning, not to mention improving braking performance.

“It’s easy to check your tread – and if you don’t have a tread gauge, a 20p will do the trick.

“Place the coin in the groove of the tyre and if you can see the border above the tread, it’s likely you need a replacement.

“When changing the tyres on your car, the best option is to replace them with the same tyres the car came with as new.

“This will most likely mean investing in premium tyres, which have been developed in partnership with the vehicle manufacturer and which meet the car’s specific requirements.”

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If a driver has a spare tyre, it’s worth checking the pressure to make sure it’s in a roadworthy condition and to ensure they know how to use a tyre sealant kit, if they have one.

Drivers should also remember that if they have a temporary spare, the fastest they can drive on it is 50mph.

They can face huge fines for driving with tyres below the legal tread depth limit, with fines of up to £2,500 and three points per tyre.

In total, drivers could face a bill of up to £10,000.

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