This is the shocking state of a tyre our etyres Durham team were called out to replace earlier this week! Even more worrying than the fact that it was still being driven on is that the owner had two young children in the vehicle when the tyre went flat on the A1.
Although it might not seem like the customer had a lucky escape, they really did! Admittedly they had to pay for a brand new tyre, but the situation could have been so much worse, because a car driven on a damaged tyre which is this bad is an accident waiting to happen.
Our etyres Durham team were pleased to have the chance to talk to the customer and explain how they should check their tyres regularly to make sure they are safe and legal.
Unfortunately, our etyres teams across the UK witness this kind of tyre degradation regularly. Often customers are notified when their vehicle goes in for its MOT that the tyres are getting close to the legal limit, but sometimes this gets forgotten about…until the next MOT; the car is involved in an accident or the illegal tyre is spotted by the police (which can mean a fine of up to £2,500 and three points on your driving licence, per tyre).
The minimum legal tread depth limit for tyres in the UK is 1.6mm across the central three quarters and around the entire circumference. etyres invited Vicki Butler Henderson to feature in a short video demonstrating how to check your tyre tread depths so our customers can see how quick and easy it is.
Denna Bowman, Head Office