By Katherine Clarkson
More than 40 people die on the roads every year because of improperly inflated or defective tyres, according to the RAC.
Drivers need to be aware that while the legal minimum tread depth stands at 1.6mm, a tyres performance can be seriously affected in the rain if it has a tread of less than 3mm, the motoring organisation stressed.
The RAC urges all motorists to be more aware of their tyres to avoid unnecessary risks on the roads.
And in a bid to raise awareness of the issues surrounding proper tyres care and maintenance, the RAC added that under-inflated tyres can also affect the fuel efficiency of a vehicle.
Philip Gomm, RAC Foundation spokesman, said: ‘If they are under-inflated fuel economy is cut by as much as 10 per cent because of the extra resistance with the road.’
The EU claims that up to 30 per cent of fuel used by cars is to overcome the resistance of tyres.