By Denna Bowman
Worn tread was cited more than any other factor as a cause for tyres related road accidents, a survey reveals just days before UK motorists jam the roads for the Easter holiday.
Between 2003 and 2007 more people died or were injured when their tyres were running on worn tread, according to data sourced from the Ministry of Transport in New Zealand.
Tyres related factors were listed as a cause in 60 fatalities during the four yeas, with 36 of these deaths attributed to worn tread and a further 370 people also suffered injury from the same cause, out of a total of 707 injuries.
Now, just days before Briton’s take to their cars to enjoy the Easter holiday, motorists are urged to take a few minutes to check their tyres are within the legal limit of 1.6mm tread.
And if they are bald, vehicle owners should not put off replacing them due to high costs, according to etyres, the UK’s leading online tyres retailer.
etyres operates a mobile fitting service which means overheads are low and savings are passed on to customers in the form of cheaper prices – up to 40% lower than high street tyre depots.
Worn tyres not only impact the handling and responsiveness of a vehicle but greatly increase the risk of aquaplaning and impair wet braking performance.
Test conducted by Continental Tyres show that a reduction in tread depth of 5mm increases the stopping distance of a car travelling at 100km/h to 60km/h by almost 18 metres.