Dangerous tyres are no laughing matter – unless you are a comedian

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Driving on dangerous or illegal tyres is no laughing matter – unless you are a TV comedian looking for new material for your stand-up routine…

Actor and comedian Hugh Dennis, who stars in the family sitcom Outnumbered and the comedy panel show Mock the Week, admits he once tried to turn a tyre disaster into a funny story.

“I find most things amusing rather than annoying,” he told the Independent earlier this month. “I sit there thinking, “How can I use that?” I was driving along the A40 out of London recently in my new car, and both tyres blew out at 60mph. Afterwards I remember thinking, “I’ve done quite a lot of damage to my car, I could have died – but how can I turn this into a story?”

The fact is thousands of drivers are involved in accidents every year due to faulty or illegal tyres and many have very serious consequences, which is why it is so important to make sure you tyres are always in good condition.

Making sure your tyres have at least the minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tyre, around the entire circumference is crucial, so is ensuring your tyres are properly inflated. Both of these checks take a few minutes to carry, but will help keep you and your passengers safe, especially during the winter months when the treacherous weather conditions can make driving particularly hazardous.

So, while we all enjoy a good joke – and find Hugh Dennis hilarious on Mock the Week – etyres urge all our customers to take tyre maintenance very seriously. Remember, your tyres are your vehicles only point of contact with the road and you rely on them to help keep you and your passengers safe on the roads.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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