Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Do motorists neglect tyre safety to save money?

Recent figures released by the AA show that last year, out of 3.4 million call-outs attended by the recovery service, the second most common reason was torn or punctured tyres.

In 2011, more than 363,000 call-outs were made, up 8% on the previous year. It is worried that the stark rise in figures is due to motorists trying to save every penny while juggling the spiralling costs of keeping a car on the road.

However, drivers could well be risking their safety every time they get behind the wheel.

Worn tyres can pose serious safety risks as stopping distances can often double on bald tyres in bad road conditions. The risk of a blowout is also much higher, especially if white cords are showing through the sidewalls or tread.

Checking your tyre safety once a fortnight should be part of an owner's on-going car care
A key element of this should be ensuring all tyres meet the legal limit for tread depth which is 1.6mm. Remember that it is the responsibility of the motorist and it's illegal to use tyres below the minimum 1.6mm tread depth. You can also be fined up to £2,500 per tyre.

Research found that in 2010, there were nearly 10,500 convictions for defective tyres in England and Wales, up 1,000 from the previous year.

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