The true cost of driving on bald tyres

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Nobody ever really wants to buy new tyres, especially not at this time of year, but unfortunately they are a necessity and not a luxury that you can put off until pay day or when you have a bit of extra money left at the end of the month!

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In fact, not replacing dangerous or bald tyres can end up costing you a great deal more than the price of a new replacement if you are caught driving on illegal tyres.

Recently a 24-year-old man found driving while disqualified was ordered to wear an electronic tag and abide by a court curfew. However, it was the state of his tyres that caused particular alarm – the nearside rear tyre of his BMW was so worn that the cord was exposed, while the tread in the offside rear tyre was less than the legal minimum limit of 1.6mm – and he ended up with eight points on his licence and was ordered to pay a £450 fine, £85 costs and a court charge of £150 by Southend Magistrates Court.

Adam Pipe, Casualty Reduction Manager at Essex Police, said the driver: “…should never have been on the roads of Essex not only because he had already been disqualified but because his car was not in a roadworthy condition. His tyres were in such a poor condition that they were not only a danger to himself but to other innocent road users.

“Owning a driving licence comes with responsibility and I hope this case sends out a warning to other irresponsible drivers that they will be caught and put through the courts.”

Courts can impose fines of up to £2,500 and three penalty points per illegal tyre and also motorists run the real risk of being involved in an accident if their tyres are not safe and legal. The related costs in this case can quickly escalate to cover repairs or an insurance excess, it can even invalidate insurance policies and lead to an increase in your next premium.

Yet this is an easily avoidable problem. Checking your tyre tread depths is a quick and simple to do. If you are not sure what to do, click here and watch our short etyres video featuring Vicki Butler Henderson in our video.

If you discover you need a new tyres, it is worth remembering that etyres supply and fit a wide range of brand new tyres to suit all budgets, including economy tyres for as little as £44 including VAT. So don’t ask yourself if you can afford to replace your tyres, the question should be can you afford not to!

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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