A large number of UK motorists wait until they are told before replacing worn tyres, according to a recent poll.
A survey carried out by Kwik Fit reports that as many as 3.6 million drivers wait until their tyre tread fails the MOT test before replacing them.
This is potentially very dangerous indeed, as worn tyres require as much as 40 per cent more distance to stop from 50mph in dry conditions, which, to put in perspective, is eight car lengths. Unsurprisingly, this is accentuated further in the wet.
The punishments for such neglect are severe. If a driver is caught with illegally worn tyres (below 1.6mm), they face a £2,500 fine and three penalty points, as well as the obvious danger posed to themselves and others.
Despite the legal limit being 1.6mm, it is of course advisable to replace tyres well before this stage, as to ensure your car performs as well as it should, not only for safety but also in order to enhance the handling, and therefore the fun, of your driving experience.
Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit, told BT: “With vehicles being increasingly sophisticated in monitoring their own maintenance intervals, drivers are often leaving it to their cars to warn them of potential issues. Tyres should be the number one priority for drivers – after all, they are the only part of a car that keeps it on the road.”
Author: Oliver Harry