The horrific ramifications of driving with illegal tyres have been highlighted with news that a motorist killed a pensioner after losing control of his car, which had a tyre so bald that the cord was showing through.
The driver wept in court after it was revealed he told police he knew his VW Golf had unroadworthy tyres, but carried on using it anyway. He now faces a possible jail sentence after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving.
He lost control due to “inattention” and hit an oncoming Mercedes, in which the 86-year-old woman was a passenger.
Stirling Sheriff Court heard that although the tyre defects did not cause the crash, they compromised the drivers attempts to correct his course on the road, which was wet from summer rain.
The tragedy highlights the devastating consequences of driving with illegal tyres. The legal minimum tyre tread depth in the UK is 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tyre and around the entire circumference. Click here to watch etyres short video, which features Vicki Butler Henderson demonstrating how easy it is to check the tyre tread and why it is vital to ensure tyres are always safe and legal.