Owner of this punctured tyre had no idea of the potential disaster he faced on the roads. Have you checked yours recently?

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We have seen some shocking sights this week as we continue our tyre checks as part of etyres support for the annual Road Safety Week organised by Brake.

This is just one example of a totally illegal tyre we inspected and alerted the driver of the vehicle to the fact that it had been punctured by a nail and was completely flat. The owner was totally surprised, but admitted the vehicle had ‘felt funny’ to drive at times and that he had not checked his tyres for around two months!

Another driver was motoring around in a vehicle with four slick looking tyres that were worn well below the legal tread depth limit of 1.6mm across the central three quarters and around the entire circumference. Fortunately we were able to alert both of these drivers about the dangers they face before they were involved in a serious accident.

We cannot stress enough how important it is to make sure your tyres are always safe and legal, especially at this time of year when the cold, wet and icy weather can make driving conditions very hazardous.

The braking distance in wet weather of a tyre with only 1.6mm of tread depth is almost 12m longer than a new tyre with 8mm of tread on a vehicle travelling from 50mph. Imagine what damage you could do to your car and other road users in that space?

Road Safety Week is the UK’s biggest road safety event, involving thousands of schools, organisations and community groups every year. Set up in 1997, the event is coordinated annually by Brake each November and aims to encourage grassroots action on road safety and raise awareness about the part we can all play in preventing tragedies and making roads safer.

etyres has been out and about at various venues during the past week checking tyres, advising vehicle owners about tyre safety and offering tips on tyre maintenance. We have been posting regular updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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